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Colombo intent on subjecting more Tamil GS officers to ‘military rehabilitation’

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 08 July 2015, 23:39 GMT]
While 6 Eezham Tamil Village Officers (GS) from Ki'linochchi, recently interdicted from their jobs by Colombo's Ministry of Public Administration, are now forced to undergo ‘military rehabilitation’, the occupying Sri Lankan military, which seeks to retain its control on the civil affairs has instructed Karu Jayasuriya's ministry to subject 12 more Tamil GS officers to the genocidal military rehabilitation, civil sources in Jaffna said. Mr T. Kanagarasa, the coordinator of SL Human Rights Commission in Jaffna said he had sent a letter to the SL ministry of Public Administration seeking clarification after receiving a complaint from a young mother, who has been interdicted from her work. In the meantime, Mr S. Varathan, the president of the interest organisation of the GS officers in Jaffna accused that the SL Government Agents have failed to protect the interests of the GS officers.

Five GS officers from Jaffna district and 4 GS officers from Mullaiththeevu district are among the other GS officers, who have been subjected to interdiction in recent days, the civil sources told TamilNet.

While the coordinator of the SL Human Rights Commission has received a complaint from a GS officer in Mullaiththeevu, the president of the interest organisation of the GS officers in Jaffna said he was aware of two cases, a female GS officer in Karaveddi division and another from Cha'ndilippaay division.

There are breast-feeding mothers among the GS officers who have been instructed to undergo ‘military rehabilitation’, which is originally intended for former LTTE members.

There is no definition of this ‘military rehabilitation’. Those who are forced to undergo the programme do not know whether how long it would last or whether they would be given back their jobs, the civil sources told TamilNet.

The GS officers were given their job assignments with two conditions that they should complete the 6 months training programme and that they should obtain ‘clearance’ from the SL Defence Ministry.

The ‘clearance’ of the SL Defence Ministry is designed as a tool of military control to force the GS officers to collaborate with the military, which wants to intervene in the civil affairs of Eezham Tamils. This ‘condition’ is applied only to the GS officers in the North-East.

The GS officers in the North-East are continuously subjected to harassments by the SL military. They have been used to collect family and employment details of Tamil civilians as well as to collect details of the NGO and diaspora connections of the grassroots organisations that exist at village level.

The affected 18 Tamil GS officers were among those who received their appointments after completing 6 months training programmes that were conducted in 2010 and in 2014.


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