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Sri Lanka Defies U.S. Sanctions Against IranSalem-News.com
The United States Tamil Political Action Council boycotts in US cities, calling on Sri Lanka to respect human rights, and drawing attention to Sri Lanka’s request for an exemption from US sanctions on Iranian oil use.
(WASHINGTON DC) - On Saturday, February 11 – Valentine’s Day weekend – USTPAC protestors gathered in front of Victoria’s Secret stores around the United States in an effort to call attention to the need to boycott Sri Lanka.
Victoria’s Secret’s largest manufacturing plant is in Sri Lanka, and protestors have been outside Victoria’s Secret stores every month since 2009 (http://www.ustpac.org/
As tensions increase surrounding Iran amid fears concerning her ability to build a nuclear weapon, the White House announced new sanctions against Iran (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/
Sri Lanka imports 93% of their crude oil requirements from Iran (http://www.sundaytimes.lk/
“An exemption would violate the spirit and text of the U.S. sanctions program, and would ruthlessly ignore Sri Lanka’s prior and ongoing human rights violations,” said Dr. Ellyn Shander, USTPAC’s Vice President for Divestment.
The Sri Lankan government has a record of egregious human rights violations and war crimes (http://www.hrw.org/node/98010
Sri Lanka is not above the law. Human rights and dignity must be respected, as well as US and international sanctions against Iran,” further noted Dr. Shander. “Sri Lanka must not be allowed to continue importing oil from Iran and supporting Iran’s nuclear weapons program. Is it not enough that Sri Lanka’s government commits genocide of their own people, the Tamils? Now they support a nuclear Iran... What more do we need as evidence that they are outside of the civilized international community?"
USTPAC works to spotlight attention on economic action to persuade Sri Lanka to comply with international humanitarian law. Boycotts of goods, divestment of assets and other economic action are imperative to stop Sri Lanka’s continuing destruction of the Tamil people, and to push for accountability for crimes against humanity committed during and after the long civil war.
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