We need to update our Tamil policy as some of the points in the policy on our website are out of date.
Below is my proposed revised version.
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The Socialist Alliance recognises that Tamils are an oppressed nation within Sri Lanka, and supports their right to self-determination.
This means that Tamils should have the right to choose whether they wish to be part of a united Sri Lanka, to break away and form an independent Tamil state in their traditional homelands in the north and east of the island, or to have some intermediate form such as federalism or autonomy.
Regardless of whether Sri Lanka remains a single state or whether the Tamil areas become independent, the rights of minorities must be protected.
This includes the rights of Tamils, Muslims and other minorities in Sinhalese areas, and the rights of Muslims and Sinhalese in Tamil areas.
The Socialist Alliance calls for full political, religious and linguistic rights for such groups.
Socialist Alliance demands of the Sri Lankan government:
SA recognises that while Tamils are the main victims of repression in Sri Lanka, members of other ethnic groups also suffer from murder, unjust arrest, torture and disappearances at the hands of the Sri Lankan government. We therefore support the campaign for democracy in Sri Lanka.
SA supports the sporting boycott of Sri Lanka as a means of applying pressure to achieve these aims.