OF OVER ONE MILLION TAMILS
first year Sri Lanka gained independence from Britain (1948) laws were enacted to
disenfranchise a segment of the Tamil Population (Tamils in Tea Plantations)
result today is a wholly arbitrary deprivation of the fundamental right to citizenship of
one's country for a group of people almost all of whom were born there, who have lived
there all their lives, who have never been anywhere else and have no other
- Paul Sieghart; Sri Lanka, A Mounting Tragedy of Errors, International Commission of Jurists Report 1984
not accept... that there is any justification for denying civic and political rights to
the million or so Tamils."
- Robert Kilroy-Silk MP & Roger Sims MP United Kingdom Parliamentary Human Rights Group, February 1985
Tamil Plantation Workers plucking tea leaves.