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U.S. Tamils urge Ambassador Rice to intervene in Sri Lanka

[TamilNet, Thursday, 5 February 2009 17:20 No Comment]

06_02_09_new_york_01_76315_445 More than 300 Tamils from New York/New Jersey area held a rally in front of the U.S. Mission to U.N. to highlight the plight of Tamil civilians subjected to daily intense artillery attacks in Vanni, and the persistent human rights violations of the Sri Lanka military. The representatives of the awareness rally in a memorandum addressed to U.S. Ambassador to U.N., Susan Rice, noted her "passion and commitment to prevent genocide," and urged U.S. to "take immediate action to halt the genocide against the Tamils."

 

Many of the protesters assembled had relatives living in the Vanni region.

Poiting out that in the last several weeks several legal scholars, have raised the possibility of criminal culpability of the Sri Lanka Government officials under U.S. laws, the protesters appealed to the Susan Rice delay to take action immediately.

The memorandam added that the Australian Foreign Minister Garath Evans’ warning earlier that the "military action of the Sri Lankan Government in the LTTE-administered areas would result in large-scale atrocities?Rwanda-style, Srebrencica-style, Kosovo-style," has turned out to be prophetic.

Despite sub-freezing temperatures, and the rally being held on a working day in New York city, large

numbers attended to show their solidarity with the people in Vanni undergoing genocidal level persecution by the Sri Lanka Government.

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