Ottawa – June 29, 2009: The World Sikh Organization of Canada (WSO) calls upon the world community and specifically the United Nations and the governments of Canada, the United States and U.K. to take timely and effective actions to put an end to the suffering of the innocent Tamil people of Sri Lanka who, after three decades of hardship resulting from a conflict between LTTE and the state, are now displaced from their homes.
Having completed their military campaign against the LTTE, the government of Sri Lanka must take all appropriate measures to mitigate the suffering of its innocent Tamil population and ensure their safe and expeditious return to their traditional historical places of residence.
“The situation facing the hundreds of thousands of Tamil refugees is abysmal and must not be allowed to continue. The lives of these innocent refugees cannot be sacrificed in the name of security” said Mr. Gian Singh Sandhu, senior policy advisor to the WSO.
Mr. Ram Raghbir Singh Chahal, International President, WSO, said, “The world community of nations must not stand aloof and watch helplessly as more than 300,000 innocent people are driven from their homes to seek refuge without any NGOs being allowed to monitor the conditions or to render necessary humanitarian assistance.”
The World Sikh Organization (WSO) is a non-profit international organization with a mandate to promote and protect the interests of the Sikh Diaspora, as well as to promote and advocate for the protection of human rights for all individuals, irrespective of race, religion, gender, ethnicity, and social and economic status.
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