Sri Lanka: genocide through forced contraception

According to the Population Research Institute, ethnic Tamil women are dying as a result of a eugenic ethnic cleansing being carried out by the government of Sri Lanka. The Tamils are a minority group residing in Sri Lanka where, for nearly three decades, Tamil nationalist militants battled Sri Lanka’s government forces until being defeated in 2009.
 
In a news release, PRI said that on August 31, 2013, nearly 60 women and children were transported by  by Sri Lankan government authorities to a district hospital in Kilinochchi, a Tamil-majority town, where they were told that their children would receive medical check-ups . It was there, said PRI, that population controllers told the women that should they not accept a hormonal contraceptive insert, they would not be allowed any future treatments there. In addition, women who would not cooperate were told that their husbands would be subjected to sterilization. Kilinocchi was the virtual capital of the Tamil movement until 2009.
 
Among the women subjected to coerced contraception was Manjula Satheeskumar, a 26-year-old who was expecting a child at the time. While she subsequently was able to remove the contraceptive insert, she then contracted a fatal infection. She died in late November. According to PRI, “Such forced sterilizations of Sri Lankan Tamil women are common.” 
 
 Steve Mosher of PRI said of the incident, “Forced contraception and sterilization are nothing short of acts of genocide.  Sadly, these are regular occurrences in the island nation of Sri Lanka.” In addition, Anne Morse of PRI said “Local health officials are belatedly trying to cover up their crimes. They are coercively and retroactively forcing already sterilized Tamil women to sign affidavits. Such affidavits should not convince anyone that these ‘birth control experiments’ are anything other than genocide. Far from convincing, false affidavits of consent instead add insult to injury by suggesting that the dead women voluntarily submitted themselves to the procedure.”
 
Chinnasamy Rajaratnam was a key witness the death of his daughter, Manjula, and was systematically harassed by Sri Lankan military afterwards. Coincidentally, he was pronounced dead on January 2: the apparent victim of electrocution. Some sources contend that he was a suicide, while others fear that he was murdered. 


Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. He is also a freelance translator.

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