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TGTE to Japanese Prime Minister: Raise War Crimes with Visiting Sri Lankan President

146,679 Tamils went missing when Sri Lankan forces attacked Tamil people.

Sri Lankan President Majinda Rajapakse
Sri Lankan President Majinda Rajapakse

(TOKYO) - - As the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse begins his State visit to Japan, the Prime Minister of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE, Mr. Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran, urged the Primie Minister of Japan to raise war crimes and genocide committed by the visiting Sri Lankan President. Sri Lankan President begins his State visit to Japan on March 12, 2013.

“We also urged you to support an International Commission of Inquiry on Sri Lanka, just as with North Korea” continued Mr. Rudrakumaran.

"Troops under Sri Lankan President's command killed between 70,000 to 100,000 Tamils (U.N. Internal Review Report) in only five months in 2009 and raped Tamil women" said Mr. Rudrakumaran. "Tamils were singled out simply and solely on account of their Tamil nationality."

Since 1958, Tamils faced repeated mass killings. The 2009 killings prompted UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to appoint a Panel of Experts to report on the scale of killings. Reports discovered five months of deliberate and intense carpet bombing of areas government designated "no-fire zones", where Tamils assembled for safety.

"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."

According to the UN Panel, the abuses amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity. Independent experts believe conditions exist that constitute these killings acts of genocide. The UN Panel recomended an International Commission of Inquiry.

During the March 2012 session, The UN Human Rights Council looked into the mass killing and passed an accountability resolution for international crimes. There is another Resolution at the current UNHRC Session taking place in Geneva.

We urge you to support a strong resolution calling for the creation of International Commission of Inquiry on Sri Lanka at this Session of the UN Human Rights Council.

"According to Bishop of Mannar, Dr. Rayappu Joseph, 146,679 Tamils went missing when Sri Lankan forces attacked Tamil people.”

"Members of the Sri Lankan Security forces are almost exclusively from the Sinhalese community and the victims are all from the Tamil community.”

About Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE):

Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) is a new political concept. It is a new political formation based on the principles of nationhood, homeland and self-determination. The raison dâetre for the TGTE is lack of political space inside the island of Sri Lanka for the Tamils to articulate and realize their political aspirations fully due to Constitutional impediments, racist political environment and military strangulation; and the coordination of diaspora political activities based on democratic principles and the rule of law.

TGTE held internationally supervised elections in 12 countries. These elections were held to ensure that core believe of democracy be upheld within the TGTE and to demonstrate TGTE’s belief and reliance upon democratic ideals. TGTE has a bicameral legislature and a Cabinet. Although an elected body, TGTE does not claim to be a government in exile. The Constitution of the TGTE mandates that it should realize its political objective through peaceful means.

Presently, in addition to the campaign for an international investigation, the TGTE is also campaigning for an International Protection Mechanism and the release of documents pertaining to Tamils prepared by the Office of the Special Advisor of the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide. TGTE is also in the process of preparing the Freedom Charter incorporating the “freedom demands” of Tamils across the globe. TGTE believes that the referendum among the Tamils inside the island of Sri Lanka and the Tamil diaspora will contribute to the political resolution of the Tamil national conflict. So far, the human cost has reached 100,000 as it grows. There are also 90,000 Tamil war widows, facing sexual abuse by the Sri Lankan security forces.


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Brenda April 7, 2013 8:36 pm (Pacific time)

Recently they killed an egnineer working in development projects in Bati. That shows what ruthless terrorists they are. They don't want those areas to be develop because then they can't fool the people. How many tamil leaders they have killed up to now. Just because they don't agree with you, you can't kill others. Niranjan has rightly pointed out the barbaric history of LTTE so I don't go for details again. LTTE even killed former Indian prime minister Rajive Ghandhi. Those who act like that are terrorists. Both Sinhalese and Tamil politicians have done wrong thing in the past, I agree. But as Sri Lankans we don't like to divide this country for obvious reasons. Tamils live with Sinhalese peacefully in the southern part of the country and there are equally treated.

johnson March 13, 2013 2:08 am (Pacific time)

It is now very well known that India is going to support Srilanka in the recent war crimes allegations. Rajapaksa visited Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh. Things were exchanged between representatives of BJP and Rajapaksa. Rajapaksa visited Tirupathi, Tirumala, obviously not to worship, but to exchange things again. Indian ambassadors like Shivshankar Menon, Vijay Nambiar, MK Narayanan and Nirupama Menon Rao all went to Srilanka, only to receive things. Recently, rajapaksa invited Subramaniam Swamy and rewarded for his work in India, in favour of Srilanka. SM Krishna also received good things given by Rajapaksa. Here, money can also be called as things, sometimes information too. All the other things won't be good from here.

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