Marking the 30 year anniversary of the anti-Tamil pogrom of Black July, Tamils Against Genocide (TAG) released the following statement. Extracts reproduced below, full statement can be found here.
"Impunity keeps the scars of 1983 fresh. Wholesale lack of accountability set the conditions for continued abuses, on greater scales, to the present. There has never been accountability nor adequate reparations for Black July. Today in place of Justice, the Sri Lankan State offers countless denials and parades in triumphal fashion, emboldened by decades of international misunderstanding and inaction."
"Surely, if the last 30 years can teach us anything it is that nothing has changed, nothing new. 1983 was not the beginning, 2009 is not the end, the years in between, before and after to the present, all are testament to an unwavering genocidal intent. Take them as a whole and the reality is self-evident, the wood takes shape. Take each in isolation and only the trees are visible."