Sri Lanka and the Del­uge

Southasia - - Editor's mail -

Hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions and al­le­ga­tions of war crimes is an is­sue that needs im­me­di­ate at­ten­tion not only by the Sri Lankan gov­ern­ment but also by pol­i­cy­mak­ers, econ­o­mists and the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity. I fail to un­der­stand why the gov­ern­ment or the ob­servers get into the de­bate whether the Tamil groups are re­group­ing or if they are in a po­si­tion to re-launch their mil­i­tary strength? Our im­me­di­ate at­ten­tion should be di­rected to­wards the Tamil pop­u­la­tion which has suf­fered for long and con­tin­ues to do so in an un­cer­tain fu­ture. We also need to un­der­stand that while a thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the war crimes is of ut­most im­por­tance, the well-be­ing of those af­fected should be of more concern. There is an ur­gent need to re­ha­bil­i­tate the Tamils and pro­vide them with ba­sic ne­ces­si­ties like shel­ter, san­i­ta­tion, ed­u­ca­tion, em­ploy­ment, infra- struc­ture de­vel­op­ment and rein­te­gra­tion into the so­cial main­stream. It is only by cater­ing to their needs that we can en­sure a smooth tran­si­tion of this war-af­fected so­ci­ety to a sta­ble one and hence pre­vent emer­gence

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