Minister of Justice and Prison Affairs Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe has appointed a three-member committee headed by former Chief Justice Asoka de Silva to investigate the issues often raised by Sri Lankan Tamils abroad, what some call “problems of the diaspora.”
The appointment was made after a round of discussions with representatives of the Tamil diaspora over the phone.
This decision was taken after long telephone conversations held by Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe with Canadians for Justice and Equality, a diaspora organization based in Canada, and diaspora representatives from four other countries including Australia and France.
Their main demands were the release of Tamil political prisoners, the release of lands under the army and the cessation of various harassments against Tamil people in the North and East. These are also the demands of Tamil people living in this country.
Speaking to the Sunday Times newspaper, Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said that he listened carefully to the views of the Sri Lankan Tamil representatives abroad, after which he appointed the committee.
Rajapakshe had said that these issues should not be left to the next generation.