The European Union resolution on May 18, the first step towards proscribing the Liberation Tigers, also marked the EU’s transition from observer to a partisan participant in Sri Lanka’s conflict. There are a number of controversial aspects to the resolution, including, for example, the directive to the LTTE to go for talks with the Sri Lankan government “without delay” and “be prepared to decommission weapons.” But from a Tamil perspective, these need to be considered in the light of another controversial assertion in the resolution: that the EU does not recognise the LTTE as the “sole...
“Article 29 represents the solemn balance of rights between the citizens of Ceylon, the fundamental conditions on which they accepted the constitution and these are unalterable under the constitution.”
The head of the LTTE’s Political Wing writes to the head of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission, Maj. Gen. Henricsson over the clash last Thursday between the Sea Tigers and the Sri Lanka Navy.
The notion of collective punishment rests on assigning collective responsibility for an action attributed to a representative member of that group.