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5 August 2013
The Jubilee South Asia Pacific Movement on Debt and Development (JSAPMDD) strongly condemns the violent dispersal by Sri Lanka's military of the peaceful demonstrators fighting for clean and safe water in the village of Weliveriya just outside Colombo last August 1.
Three people were killed including two school children and at least 15 others were injured as military men fired live bullets at protesters fleeing from the teargas used to disperse the 5,000 people-strong demonstration who demanded action against the Venigros Gloves Factory for polluting the drinking water of about 12 villages.
By deploying the military, the Sri Lankan government in effect attacked its own citizenry as they exercised their human and democratic rights to free speech and assembly. It showed the callousness of government towards the welfare of the people who continue to suffer the adverse impacts of Venigros' polluting activities on their health, water supply and food crops. It clearly highlights where the Sri Lankan government's loyalties lie – not in upholding the interests of grassroots people and communities, but in protecting that of business interests and profit.
We stand in solidarity with the people of Weliveriya and other affected villages in protesting companies like Venigros and fighting for a basic human right to clean, affordable and adequate water.
We join other voices demanding justice for the victims of military violence and in calling for an immediate, transparent and independent investigation of the violent acts committed. Those responsible must be held accountable and redress must be provided those who suffered from this grossly undemocratic act.
We call on the government of Sri Lanka uphold its people's interests over corporate interests and to take immediate steps to ensure that the people's right to water is upheld and fulfilled.
Background This discussion paper has been prepared as an initial resource material to support JSAPMDD efforts in developing a campaign in the region on Women and Gender. It gives an overview of women’s conditions in various countries in Asia and some parts of the Pacific, largely using latest data from the United Nations Economic and Social Affairs Commission (UNESCAP). In the subsections, it frames these issues and conditions from a political economic, human rights and feminist perspective, and in relation to focus of JSAPMDD’s 2012-2014 programs, namely: 1) Global Finance and Public Finance; 2) Rights to Essential Services and Natural Resources; and 3) Ecological Debt, Environmental Justice, Climate Change.
The discussion paper may be used in its entirety or by subsections, which were written as stand-alone briefing papers on debt and the international financial institutions, climate change and finance, and essential services and natural resources.
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