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Non-Aligned Movement Should Sanction War Criminals like Sri Lankan PresidentSalem-News.com
"We are urging NAM leaders not to protect him but to support UN Human Rights Council action on Sri Lankan President." - Mr.Thanikasalam Thayaparan.
(LONDON) - As the Non-Aligned Movement's (NAM) leaders gather in Iran for their 16th Summit, Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) urged the NAM leaders not to protect perpetrators of genocide and war criminals like Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Sri Lanka is in violation of Bandung Principles: namely, respect for the fundamental rights and for the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations; respect for justice and international obligations; and recognition of the equality of all races and of the equality of all nations, among others.
"NAM leaders should know that among them is a war criminal posing as a Statesman" said Mr. Thanikasalam Thayaparan, TGTE's Minister for Political Affairs. It is important for NAM leaders to realize the gravity of the crimes the Sri Lankan President committed against the Tamil Nation in that island. According to a UN Panel over 40,000 Tamils were killed in five months due to deliberate and intense carpet bombing of areas designated by the government as "no-fire zones", where Tamils assembled for safety.
After the Sri Lankan Government's military offensive, Bishop Rayappu noted that 146,679 people were still not accounted for in the region. The Sri Lankan Government also restricted food and medicine for Tamils, resulting in large numbers of people dying from starvation and many of the injured bleeding to death.
In addition to the killings, thousands of Tamils have disappeared, Tamil women were sexually assaulted and raped, large numbers of Tamils are imprisoned without trial and abductions are continuing to this day. Tamils are singled out to face these abuses simply and solely on account of their Tamil nationality. Members of the Sri Lankan Security forces are almost exclusively from the Sinhalese Nation and the victims are all from the Tamil Nation. Due to the shear number of civilian killings by the Sri Lankan Security forces, the UN Human Rights Council passed a resolution on accountability for these crimes and is about to review it in March 2013.
The Sri Lankan President is desperately trying to stall the UN Human Rights Council actions and is using international meetings like this NAM conference to solicit support to protect him from the War Crimes Investigation. "We are urging NAM leaders not to protect him but to support UN Human Rights Council action on Sri Lankan President." continued Thayaparan.
TGTE also urged NAM leaders to ask Sri Lankan President about the UN Panel report that documented mass killings by his troops and the two documentaries in the "Sri Lanka's Killing Fields" series produced by Channel 4 TV. Please remind him that mass killing of civilians is a war crime and a crime against humanity and refuse to protect him. If he claims innocence, then urge him to face international investigation to prove just that. Advocacy of Moral Politik in an amoral world has been the guiding light of the NAM.
We call upon the NAM to contribute to an international investigation. "We also salute the NAM for championing the realization of the right to self-determination of Western Sahara. In the same vein we urge the NAM to support the Tamils struggle for the realization to that same right" continued Mr. Thayaparan.
Given the ongoing structural genocide we are urging the International Community to establish an International Protection Mechanism. As part of that we urge the NAM to send a fact finding mission to the North Eastern part of the island of Sri Lanka.
We urge the NAM to seize the Tamil National Question. "We urge the NAM not to allow the Sri Lankan President to use his appearance at the NAM to sanitize his barbaric international crimes. His is not just a war criminal, but a perpetrator of genocide" said Mr. Thayaparan. About TGTE: Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) was created in the aftermath of the bloody end of Sri Lanka's war; resulting tens of thousands of Tamil civilians were killed and sexually assaulted by the Sri Lankan security forces. UN documented war crimes and recommended an International Commission of Inquiry.
News release from the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE): a democratically elected government of the Tamil Diaspora of Sri Lanka. Its actions are non-violent, democratic and diplomatic. It held internationally supervised elections in twelve countries to elect Members of Parliament (MPs). These MPs drafted and ratified a Constitution and elected a Prime Minister, a 10 member Cabinet and a Speaker.
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