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The Tamil People's Right to Self-Determination

by Deirder McConnell, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, March 2008

The Tamils' accusations - of discrimination, denial of the right to self-determination, abrogated agreements and violations of international human rights and humanitarian law amounting to genocide by successive Sri Lankan governments - are supported by specific evidence given by international human rights and legal experts, international human rights non-governmental organizations and other relevant entities.

Publication Cover Author: Deirdre McConnell
DOI: 10.1080/09557570701828592 Publication Frequency: 4 issues per year Published in: Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Volume 21, Issue 1March 2008 , pages 59 - 76
Subject: Foreign Policy;
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Abstract

This article provides an overview of the crisis in Sri Lanka and states why an armed conflict has developed in the northern and eastern parts (north-east) of the country. The Tamils' accusations - of discrimination, denial of the right to self-determination, abrogated agreements and violations of international human rights and humanitarian law amounting to genocide by successive Sri Lankan governments - are supported by specific evidence given by international human rights and legal experts, international human rights non-governmental organizations and other relevant entities. The democratic parliamentary efforts and the non-violent resistance struggle of the Tamil people prior to the outbreak of war are traced over several decades. The article includes an outline of social and law and order achievements in the north-east under the de facto administration of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and concludes with some current international dimensions of the situation.

 

 

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