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UN Secretary General Urged to Broaden the Mandate of Sri Lanka Experts Panel

[Press Release, Sunday, 9 January 2011 10:00 No Comment]

Mr. Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran, Prime Minister of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE), today appealed to the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon to broaden the mandate of the Secretary-General’s Panel of Experts on Sri Lanka to cover the abuses that have taken place since the end of the war, and to include current abuses. In a letter citing recent killings, rapes and abductions, he also urged the Secretary General to create a protection mechanism to safeguard the Tamil people in their homeland.

The letter further said that even though the war ended about a year and a half ago, the violence against the Tamil civilians has continued and in recent weeks has seen an escalation. Sri Lankan armed forces, comprised almost exclusively of the majority Sinhalese, have saturated the North and East of the island and are backing pro-government Tamil paramilitary groups. The security is so tight that it is hard to believe that these incidents can take place without the knowledge or assistance of the security forces. These armed groups and the barricade forces enjoy virtually total impunity and have never been brought to justice.

The recent escalation of violence, Prime Minister Rudrakumran wrote, included the beheading of a young man, killing of a Hindu priest for performing prayers for the war dead, execution of an education officer for objecting to the singing of the national anthem in Sinhalese, assassination of an environmentalist, disappearance of a teacher, and abduction of a mother of six. He noted that a comprehensive list of the outrages would go on for pages.

PM Rudrakamaran emphasized that all victims are Tamils.

Every day, Rudrakamaran noted in his letter, there are reports of executions and kidnappings. This creates an environment of terror for Tamils in their homeland. These killings, he wrote to the Secretary General, do not appear to be random acts of violence by the security forces or pro-government armed groups. Rather, they appear to be calculated acts to terrorize the Tamil people and to subjugate them.

Rudrakamaran’s letter urged the UN Secretary General to understand the current escalation of killings in the context of the political history in the island of Sri Lanka. What happened during the war, the Prime Minister pointed out, and what’s happening today are the continuation of the structural genocide which the Tamil nation has been subjected to for the past 60 years.

Prime Minister Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran applauded the appointment of Secretary-General’s Panel of Experts on Sri Lanka to investigate abuses that happened during the final stages of the war, but noted that since the war ended abuses against the Tamil civilians have continued. "Your panel of Experts does not have the mandate to investigate these abuses. We appeal to you to rectify this by broadening the Experts Panel’s mandate to address abuses that have taken place since the war ended, including the abuses that are currently taking place."

In the letter Rudrakumaran explained that "This will also help the panel to ascertain the intent of the Sri Lankan government and scope and scale of the atrocities during the final stages of the war." He added that "Given the current situation, it is your intervention that will give some protection to the vulnerable Tamil population in their homeland. I am appealing to you to take this matter very seriously and take urgent action to prevent this from continuing unabated."

Rudrakumaran also informed that "The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam is taking steps to brief leaders of different countries to highlight the latest escalation of killings, rapes and abductions and urge them to take strong action to stop these horrors."

Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) is a democratically elected body of the Tamil diaspora from the island of Sri Lanka. TGTE held elections in 12 countries to elect Members of Parliament. The Parliament drafted and ratified its Constitution, elected a Prime Minister, a Speaker, and 10 member Cabinet.

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UN Secretary General Urged to Broaden the Mandate of Sri Lanka Experts Panel

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