Move UN Security Council for action against Sri Lanka, TN urges centre

The Hindu Widespread protests across Tamil Nadu for over a month have called for action against Sri Lanka for alleged war crimes and atrocities against Tamils during the Eelam war.Photograph shows a rally in Thanjavur. Photo: B Velankanni Raj The Tamil Nadu Assembly on Wednesday called upon the Union government to take steps to move a resolution in the United Nations Security Council, asking for various measures against the Sri Lankan regime including a referendum for the creation of separate Eelam. 

Chief Minister Jayalalithaa moved the resolution and the House adopted it unanimously through a voice vote.

The resolution said the proposed referendum on the future of Sri Lanka Tamil should be held among Tamils living in Sri Lanka and the Sri Lankan Tamils diaspora.

Urging the Indian government to stop calling Sri Lanka a "friendly nation," the Assembly demanded that an independent international enquiry be conducted on genocide  and war crimes committed during the final phase of the Eelam War in 2009. The Assembly resolution also called for those found guilty to be produced before an international court and for appropriate punishment. The resolution said that till the Sri Lankan government stopped repression against Sri Lankan Tamils, an economic embargo should be imposed on Sri Lanka.

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