Tamil people in Sri lanka

In Brief,

For over two decades Sri Lanka has been afflicted by a civil war between its Government and a separatist militant group known as the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The origin of the conflict lies in a long history of grievances. Violence broke out in 1983 in the form of an insurgency by the LTTE demanding an independent state. In January 2008 the government announced the termination of the ceasefire and its intention to defeat the LTTE on the battlefield.

-About 200,000 Tamil people displaced by the fighting and are crammed into an ever diminishing area of the Vanni region. Despite the almost total dependency of these families on aid, UN agencies have been forced to withdraw.


-Demand unconditional ceasefire in Sri lanka

-Unrestricted access by international humanitarian agencies to provide food, medcine and essential supplies to be dispersed.

-Democratic rights must be restored to the Tamil people.


#1 John Key Prime-minister of New Zealand.



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Dear John Key,

It has come to my attention that the crisis facing the Tamil people in Sri Lanka has escalated to mass proportions.  As a citizen of the New Zealand and a resident of the world I implore you on behalf of all New Zealanders to raise your concerns with the Sri Lankan government.  It is only though pressure, that you have direct influence over, that we can hope to see positive change occur in this dreadful situation.

Yours SIncerly,

LoLa Lovegrove


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