SRI LANKA: Breaking the Silence on the Genocide of the Tamils

SRI LANKA (South Asia)                                 

Population: 21.48 million  

10% of the population is over the age of 60

Male/Female Ratio:   0.96 male /female

Fertility Rate:  4.3 children born/woman (1970) vs. 2.3 children/woman (2010)

Life Expectancy:  63 years (1970) vs 75 years (2010)

Infant mortality:  9.47 deaths/1000 live births

Major Religions:  Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, Christian

– Abortion is illegal in Sri Lanka.  However it is estimated that around 1,000 illegal abortions are taking place everyday in illegal abortion clinics.

– The country is known as a “paradise” for pedophiles.  5,000 to 30,000 Sri Lankan boys are used by pedophile sex tourists and nearly 10,000 to 12,000 children from rural areas are trafficked and prostituted to pedophiles  by organized crime groups.

– A woman is raped every 90 minutes in Sri Lanka.  

– Family planning became a national program in 1965.  Contraceptive prevalence rate increased from 34% in 1974 to 70% in 2006.  Injectables and oral contraceptives are the most popular among the contraceptive methods.

– There is a humanitarian crisis in Sri Lanka caused by an ethnic conflict.  The Tamil minority in the island’s north and east are facing annihilation at the hands of the Sinhalese-dominated government.  About 40,000 civilians were killed at the Vanni massacre in 2009.   Over 1 million Tamils have fled the country and many on refugee status all over the world.  Over 500,000 Tamils remain internally displaced.   

– Government continues to commit forced disappearances, arbitrary arrests and physical intimidation, including murder and torture, of Tamils and journalists.

– Sri Lanka leads the world in “involuntary disappearances” of civilians, including human rights activists and journalists.  The country sees disappearances occur at a rate of one every five days.  Thousands of Tamils have “vanished” since being taken into government custody.

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