Tamils and war widows abandoned by the Sri Lankan government
by Melani Manel Perera, AsiaNews.it, 24 May 2012 - Catholic priests participate in a meeting in Jaffna (Northern Province) where they criticise the government for violating the fundamental rights of Tamils in the north. In Batticaloa (Eastern Province), 184 war widows are still living in temporary housing without running water, electricity, toilet facilities or government financial assistance.
In Sri Lanka's predominantly Tamil north, religious celebrations are restricted, freedom of association is violated and the traditional culture is being undermined, this according to Catholic priests from the southern part of the country, members of the Christian Solidarity Movement (CSM). At a meeting in Jaffna (Northern Province), local prelates said, "There is a need for a political solution so that that the Tamil people are recognised as part of the nation." In the island's eastern region, serious problems also persist, especially for war widows.