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Tuesday, 01 July 2014
Call for common programme to win over land and housing rights of Hill-Country people PDF Print Write e-mail
Written by ndpfront
Tuesday, 01 July 2014 19:52

Background

Land and housing issues of entire population of Sri Lanka have yet to be solved and these issues will remain unsolved due to the existing social system. However land and housing issues of the plantation workers and their heirs have not been addressed even to meet preliminary needs. These problems are continued to be unsolved as it is specific, unique and different from others for historical, political, social and cultural reasons thus requires specific attention to be address.

In this backdrop, voices are being raised in general in political and trade union platforms for the rights of land and housing of Hill-Country people. This is a healthy move. However the expectation of Hill-Country people is that these movements should not be confined to mere verbatim attacks. Hill-Country people being a group belongs to plantation economy as well as a nationality, is facing many unique challenges. Among those, land and housing issues have become the major issues. The time has come for people’s interest centered political parties, trade unions, civil organizations, intellectuals and inpiduals to agree on common programme with common understanding and to work with unity to win over land and housing rights of Hill-Country people. Following framework has been drawn based on this need. This could be considered as the starting point of a discourse and towork based on common consensus.

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Shift Sundaramoorthy, political prisoner to Tamil Nadu from Odisha jail!! PDF Print Write e-mail
Written by ndpfront
Tuesday, 01 July 2014 13:10

As a policy many of the State governments in India continue to deny all fundamental rights provided by the Indian constitution for prisoners from political parties of the left. Case of Sundaramaoorthy, an alleged Maoist from Tamil Nadu dumped in Odisha’s Koraput jail is an addition to the long list of such silencing human rights workers. In the the late eighties and nineties, Sundaramoorthy was a noted youth organiser calling and agitating for holding investigations into raping of tribal women in Vachathi forest,  killing of many youths in encounters (after naming them as dangerous Naxalites) in Dharmapuri and Salem districts. He was said to be detained in a village near Periyakulam town in Theni district of Tamil Nadu in 2007.

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