by British Tamil Forum, June 2016
Land grab and cultural genocide of the Tamil land in Sri Lanka
Reliable field data obtained by BTF indicates that the land currently occupied by the Sri Lankan security forces in the North is 67,427 acres as of 01st of March 2016.
Under the previous government of Mahintha Rajapakse 69,992 acres of land was under occupation. Only 2, 565.5 acres of land has been released since January 2015 by the new Sri Lankan regime. This constitutes only 3.6% of the total land currently occupied by the Sri Lankan military.
Above clearly shows the manipulation of data and deception on the part of the current Sri Lankan government, which came on a promise of change, in releasing the land occupied by its military. Several promises with specific deadlines by the current Sri Lankan president to release all unauthorised land acquisition by the military remains unfulfilled.
Apart from such land acquisition Sri Lankan military has been building Buddhist statues and temples illegally on private and government lands without any permission. This cultural genocide has not stopped even after the change of government. Sri Lankan military is carrying out its genocidal demographic change in the Tamil traditional homeland even under the present government. The current Sri Lankan regime has not stopped such activities and it is hood winking the international community with empty promises.
Following online research based on google street maps and satellites images reveal the extent of land occupation and cultural colonisation in the Tamil homeland.
1.1 Land occupied by the Security forces in the North Updated on: 01/03/2016
DISTRICT — OCCUPIED IN 2015 — RELEASED (after Jan 2015) — OCCUPIED IN 2016
MULLAITIVU 19,790 134 19,656
KILINOCHI 12,840 474 12,366
VAVUNIYA 23,778 14 23,764
JAFFNA 6,270 1,709.5 4,561
MANNAR 7,314 234 7,080
69,992 2,565.5 67,427