Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) Chief Muthuvel Karunanidhi on Sunday charged the Sri Lankan army with running a “state of Emergency” in Tamil areas.
The 88-year-old former Tamil Nadu chief minister said the plight of Sri Lankan Tamils is linked with human rights and dignity.
“The nations of the world are very much worried over the pre- and post-war developments in Sri Lanka. The problem with Eelam Tamils is a problem linked with humanitarianism, human rights and dignity of human beings,” he told a conclave of the ‘Eelam Tamil Livelihood Rights Protection Conference’ in Chennai.
“It may be painful to note that the Sri Lankan military runs a state of Emergency in Tamil areas. It is also distressing that intimidation in the routine life of Tamils has increased after the recent (US-backed) resolution in Geneva (in the UN Human Rights Council) asking Colombo to promote post-war reconciliation,” he said.
Despite condemnation and strictures passed against Sri Lankan rulers, problems for Tamils had not ceased, Karunanidhi claimed.
Union Ministers Sharad Pawar (NCP) and Farooq Abdullah (National Conference) besides JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav were scheduled to participate but did not show up. Instead, they had sent their party representatives.