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Sri Lanka - Who Protects the Environment of the Oppressed

Sri Lanka - Who Protects the Environment of the Oppressed

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The oppressive government destroys the environment of the oppressed. The Army and the Navy occupying the areas of the Tamil and Muslim ethnic minorities let the Sinhalese ethnic majority use banned techniques to destroy the fishing ground and export trees and sand away to the Sinhalese areas. Thus sustainability of the environment is erased.
The oppressive government destroys the environment of the oppressed. The Army and the Navy occupying the areas of the Tamil and Muslim ethnic minorities let the Sinhalese ethnic majority use banned techniques to destroy the fishing ground and export trees and sand away to the Sinhalese areas. Thus sustainability of the environment is erased.

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Sri Lanka - Who protects the environment of the oppressed? The occupation army and navy in the Northeast have been helping Sinhalese fishermen and businessmen break the rules in the management of natural resources: fish, coral reefs, conch shells, sand and rock A. Tamil fishermen displaced to give way to Sinhalese settlement:
1. ”Tamil fishermen are pushed inland to let Sinhalese fishermen take their place along the coastal village with army camp for protection”
- Sri Lanka: Tamils on probation Part 2 by France24, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PN-rckqZh68&feature=related 2.Sinhalese have been settled in some villages from where Tamils are displaced and some are sold to Sinhalese and foreign investors in tourism industry.
‘’The TNA has received infor
mation that at a meeting held yesterday at Mullaitivu, attended by senior civilian and military officials, the following decisions have been arrived at: That the Internally Displaced Persons from the *villages of Puthumathalan, Mullivaikkal West, Mullivaikkal East, Ambalavanpokkanai, Valaignar Madam and Anandapuram in the Mullaitivu who are presently at the Menik Farm camp at Chettikulam or with host families, largely at Vavuniya are not to be resettled in the land from which they were displaced in their respective villages, and that they are to be resettled in a new area, Kombavil'' - Sinister reason for not resettling people in their own villages says TNA, 4 August 2011, http://transcurrents.com/news-views/archives/2770#more-2770 (*coastal villages) 3.Fishing ground grabbed for tourism industry:
‘’Sri Lanka's tourist development agency has offered islets, hundreds of acres of land bordering beaches, a wildlife
reserve and a wetland on 99-
year leases to build tourism related projects’’
- Sri Lanka offers islets, beaches, wetland on 99-year leases for tourism, 27 August 2012, http://www.lankabusinessonline.com/fullstory.php?nid=1513921377 Land in Ampara belonging to Sinhala and Tamil villagers forcibly taken for navy base and tourism development, 27 August 2011, http://transcurrents.com/news-views/archives/3462#more-3462 http://www.bbc.co.uk/sinhala/news/story/2011/05/110509_kalpitiya.shtml Miltary used to 'promote tourism', 9 May 2011: ''Fisherfolk in Kalpitiya in the coastal district of Puttlam say that the tourist industry is utilising the Navy to take hold of land.'' B. The ecology of the oppressed is being destroyed by those supported by the oppressive regime: ''SL fisheries department has banned catching conch shells in Jaffna since last December, considering the already endangered situation for the species. But the Sinhala fishermen who come from the south in the guise of catching sea cucumbers, eye on the conches. Very soon the historical Jaffna Chank will be an endangered species, the local
fishermen said’’
- Point Pedro to Mullaiththeevu coast encroached by Sinhala fishermen, 24 May 2011, http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=79&artid=33989 
“if this happens in their areas, the government’s response would have been different. But here they are able to destroy our resources, without facing to any charge”
- Fishing in Turbulent Waters, 31 March 2012, http://groundviews.org/2012/03/31/fishing-in-turbulent-waters/ 
‘’The Southern fishermen who enter into the Mannar
 area are using temporary shelters and staying in the area for
up to six months. This, in fact, it is no longer seasonal fishing. ………… but also totally destroy the futurereproduction of these conches, by blasting shells using cylinders……….. Northern fisher
men have not been moving to any southern area so far, because firstly they are a minority and hence the Southern people would not allow them to go
there……… Northern fishermen are highly concerned about the violation of rules and regulations of fishing by I
ndian fishermen and Sri Lankan Southern fishermen intheir traditional hunting grounds. Although the use of illegal fishing methods is a relatively common issue, the Northern fishing organizations argue that the issue if far more acute intheir region. This issue may also increase inter-regional disparities because it is not only theIndian fishermen but
also the ‘Southern fishermen’ who are traveling from Matara andNegombo who are alleged to be using

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