USTPAC Calls for Autonomous NorthEast Region for Tamils within Sri Lanka

Genuine efforts on Confidence-Building Measures and Constitution-Making offer best chance for peace in Sri Lanka

Washington, DC January 24, 2017:

      US Tamil Political Action Council (USTPAC) calls on the Sri Lankan government to meaningfully implement UNHRC Resolution 30/1, move the transitional justice process forward, and solve the debilitating ethnic crisis through political reform.

The new constitution that is being created provides an opportunity to resolve the decades old ethnic conflict in the island that must not be squandered as many such opportunities have been in the past. The constitution must recognize the right of Tamils to self-governance, including in areas of education, land, police, taxation and foreign direct investments. The recognition of the North and East of the island as historically the homeland of the Tamils must be preserved, as denoted in the 1987 Indo-Lanka Accord.>>


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