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USTPAC Welcomes UN Panel's Report on Sri LankaSalem-News.com
Group Urges US to Help Establish International Investigation.
(WASHINGTON D.C.) - Welcoming the official release of the UN Panel of Expert’s War Crime report on Sri Lanka yesterday, the President of USTPAC (The united States Tamil Political Action Council), Dr. Elias Jeyarajah said, “With the release of this report, the world has come to know the extent of the brutality of the war crimes committed against the Tamil people living in Sri Lanka, and it is the obligation of the International Community to investigate these grave crimes against humanity and bring those responsible to an international court of law.”
Welcoming the official release of the UN Panel of Expert’s War Crime report on Sri Lanka yesterday, the President of USTPAC Dr. Elias Jeyarajah said, “With the release of this report, the world has come to know the extent of the brutality of the war crimes committed against the Tamil people living in Sri Lanka, and it is the obligation of the International Community to investigate these grave crimes against humanity and bring those responsible to an international court of law.” He added “True reconciliation, leading to long term peace in the island can begin only when the truth comes out, accountability is established, and justice is given.” He urged President Obama’s Administration to work with the UN and other countries towards establishing an international mechanism to independently investigate the war crime charges described in the UN Report.
USTPAC released its own report today, entitled “The Track Record of Sri Lankan Commissions and the Need for an International Investigation of War Crimes.” (Link: http://www.ustpac.org/Articles%5CSriLankasTrackRecordAndTheWarCrimes.pdf ) This 34-page report highlights the Sri Lankan Government’s attempts to resist international pressure to investigate violations of human rights abuses against the Tamil people over the past 35 years. The “investigations” by the Government of Sri Lanka have never produced any results nor established any accountability for the violence against the Tamil people.
Releasing the Report by the USTPAC’s War Crime Prosecution Committee, one of its members said “the Tamil people are clearly the victims of violence and injustice by the Government of Sri Lanka for the last 60 years and they deserve justice. Only an impartial international investigation can bring justice to the Tamils and avoid repetition of the same.” He added “Although the war ended, the conflict has not. An international investigation can be the first step towards ending the conflict and bringing permanent peace to Sri Lanka.”
The USTPAC has been working on highlighting the oppressive conditions of the Tamil people by the government of Sri Lanka and the need for a political solution.
Human Rights Campaigners in USA urge holiday shoppers to boycott Sri Lanka Blood Garments
December 18th, 2010
The activists in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia urged shoppers outside a GAP store not to buy any items from Sri Lanka. The city is largely populated by professionals working in the federal civil service, the U.S. military, or for one of the many private companies which contract to provide services to the federal government. One of the organizers said the activists were encouraged by the reception they got from the shoppers and the drivers passing by them honking from their vehicle to show their support for the cause.
Boycott Sri Lanka Campaign in the US Gains Momentum and Goes Global
September 29, 2010
San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) September 29, 2010 -- Another successful nationwide boycott campaign against clothing made in Sri Lanka was conducted Saturday, September 25, 2010 between 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM local time in several US cities and in London, UK. The United States Tamil Political Action Council (USTPAC) has been conducting Sri Lanka Boycott Campaign in 16 major cities across the US, with the aim of informing the consumers how they can make a difference in a far-away country to end oppression of people based on ethnicity and promote equality. ACT NOW, a human rights group based in London held simultaneous protests in front of GAP stores in six locations to high-light continuing oppression of the Tamil people in Sri Lanka. USTPAC Commemorates Black July and Calls for Justice to Tamils in Sri Lanka
July 30, 2010
Washington, DC (PRWEB) July 30, 2010 -- Twenty seven years ago on a sunny July day, the lives of the Tamil people living in the island of Sri Lanka turned upside down without any warning. Under the pretext of retaliating for the deaths of 13 soldiers belonging to the ethnicity of the ruling elite, Sinhalese soldiers and hoodlums were set loose on innocent Tamil civilians living in the south. Tamil homes and businesses were looted and burned. Tamil political prisoners under State custody were butchered. Nearly 3,000 Tamil men women and children were murdered, many burnt alive. Tens of thousands of Tamil survivors were shipped to their homeland in the Northeast, having lost all their possessions and livelihood. Western countries shocked by the horror opened their doors to the fleeing Tamils. Thus began a massive exodus of the Tamils from the island.
Rally Against War Crimes in Sri Lanka: Tamil Americans to hold protest in front of the UN in New York -September 22, 11am to 3pm
September 21, 2010
New York, September 21: US Tamil Political Action Council joins concerned human rights groups in the US and Canada in organizing the “Rally against War Crimes” during the General Assembly sessions of the United Nations in New York this week. The purpose of the rally is to expose Tamil Genocide conducted by the Rajapaksa Government in Sri Lanka and to call for War Crime Investigations, calling on the UN Secretary General to promptly start the work of the Advisory Panel.
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