Forum to hear fishermen’s plight

Special Correspondent

TIRUCHI: The first sitting of People’s Tribunal, a forum promoted by fishermen’s organisations to hear the fishermen’s plight in the State, especially at the hands of the Sri Lankan navy, will hold its first sitting at Rameswaram in December, according to Henri Tiphagne, executive director of People’s Watch, a human rights organisation supporting the initiative.

A team of theology students from St. Paul’s Seminary in Tiruchi has undertaken a field study in the coastal districts of the State to document instances of firing, harassment and cases of fishermen gone missing in recent years. The study has documented 37 cases of firing and deaths, 254 cases of torture and 20 cases of missing fishermen, all of which had taken place over the past 10 years. Mr. Tiphagne also called for the immediate intervention of the State and Centrre to put an end to the attacks by the Sri Lankan navy against fishermen from the State.