TALK: Maritime interests in the Tamil seas – the Tamil Genocide and UK government and business interests
with Phil Miller from Corporate Watch and Miriam Rose from Foil Vedanta
Activism and Academia Forum and the Centre of World Environmental History, Sussex University
28 February 2014 between 12:00-14:00
ARUNDEL BUILDING Room 208
After the genocidal war ended in Sri Lanka in 2009, the Tamil people did not just lose control of their land. The seas were also captured by the Sri Lankan navy. The government gave foreign energy firms lucrative concessions to prospect for oil and gas lying deep offshore in the Mannar and Cauvery basins. Fisherman, from Tamil Nadu and Tamil Eelam, face constant harassment. Australia recently provided Sri Lanka with patrol boats to turn back Tamil refugees.
Much of this ongoing conflict and exploitation takes place on the high seas, out of sight. Indeed, the defeat of the Tamil’s Sea Tigers has allowed Sri Lankan naval officers to pose as ‘counter-piracy’ experts, now running their own maritime security companies. The Somalia piracy across the Indian Ocean is being fought in part from the island of Sri Lanka.