Supreme Court Lawyers Hunger Strike on Sri Lankan Tamil Issue
19th March 2013, New Delhi: In the wake of US-Sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka’s alleged violation of Human rights against civilians , The Tamil Lawyers of Supreme Court are on a Hunger strike to demand an Indian vote in support of the resolution.
“Fearing China, India is reluctant to vote in favour of the resolution which US has planned to bring in the United Nations Council, while ideally Indian Government themselves should have adopted a resolution voluntarily against the Sinhalese War atrocities.” says an advocate. He further adds, “Channel 4 in the UK seems to be more caring and voicing support for the suffering Tamil group in Lanka, than our national news channels here in India. While the world around us seems to be more united against the Rajapaksha’s Government, our very own Indian Government has let us down. Politicians are increasingly demonstrating their reluctance to vote in favour of the US planned resolution”
The Indian vote for the resolution is circling the political and civil sections leading to several debates.
G.L Peiris, Sri Lankan foreign minister in a recent interview to a leading newspaper said “Since India has seen and made an immense contribution in the north: Building houses, laying railway tracks and helping with agricultural inputs and the creation of livelihoods. We believe therefore that she has a moral responsibility to support us. It is in her interest, no less than in ours, to ensure that there is a stable, long lasting settlement.”
DMK, the main opposition party in Tamil Nadu, threatened the Government to pull out its 18 MPs if it does not support the resolution. The party even demains 2 amendments to the resolution, Calling the killing of Lankan Tamils genocide and to censure Lanka for war crimes. Though withdrawal of 18MPs will not destabilize the government, the move will increase its dependence on Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samajwadi Party.