Resolve Sri Lankan Refugee Dilemma
By Unknown - Wed Feb 12, 2:10 am
New Delhi’s preferred option is voluntary repatriation of refugees to Sri Lanka, with UNHCR assistance. Though the war ended more than a decade ago, voluntary repatriation is taking place at a snail’s pace.
by Prof. Surynarayan
After the Amendment to the Citizenship Act was passed by Parliament, statements were issued by responsible political leaders, very often contradictory in nature. P. Chidambaram, former Home Minister, demanded Sri Lanka to be included in the Citizenship Amendment Act, along with Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. The Dravidian parties – the DMK, the AIADMK and the MDMK – demanded that Sri Lankan Tamil refugees should be conferred dual citizenship, The Governor’s address in the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly contained a reference that dual citizenship should be granted to Sri Lankan Tamil refugees. Replying to the debate on Governor’s address in the Legislative Assembly T Pandiarajan maintained that dual citizenship is possible and made a plea that New Delhi should enter into an agreement with Sri Lanka so that Sri Lankan Refugees become entitled for dual citizenship i.e. they will be simultaneously Sri Lankan citizens and Indian citizens….