TGTE strongly condemns the siege of the United Nations office in Sri Lanka

7 Jul

The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) strongly condemns the siege of the United Nations office in Sri Lanka led by a senior cabinet member who is also a close ally of the Sri Lankan President. The Sri Lankan police response to this aggressive demonstration is in stark contrast to the brutal force it used against peaceful anti -government demonstrations in the past. Sri Lankan security forces are engaged in holding tens of thousands of Tamil civilians in internment camps, while the UN staff that cared about those in the camps are being threatened in this manner.

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Sri Lanka Perspectives – June 2010

7 Jul

By Col R Hariharan

India-Sri Lanka relations

India and Sri Lanka signed seven agreements during President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s visit to New Delhi from June 8 to 11, 2010. The maiden visit after his re-election may be considered a success for the President as India barely touched upon sensitive issues like the UN advisory panel on human rights violations during the war and devolution of powers to Tamil minority in the interactions with the President and his delegation.

Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh’s statement that “a meaningful devolution package, building upon the 13th Amendment, would create the necessary conditions for a lasting political settlement” showed by and large India had accepted the Rajapaksa approach. India’s stress on rehabilitation issues of Tamils would indicate that its continued focus on this aspect rather than on resuming a dialogue on ethnic issues. The allocation of Rs 1000 crores as assistance to build 50,000 houses for people displaced due to the war and other assistance to improve communication and other infrastructure illustrate this. Continue reading

TGTE urges UN not to be intimidated by the siege

7 Jul

TGTE strongly condemns the seige of the United Nations office in Sri Lanka led by a senior cabinet member who is also a close ally of the Sri Lankan President. The Sri Lankan police response to this aggressive demonstration is in stark contrast to the brutal force it used against peaceful anti-government demonstrations in the past, a media release by V.Rudrakumaran, Interim Chief Executive of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam said. Adding further the statement said that Sri Lankan security forces are engaged in holding tens of thousands of Tamil civilians in internment camps, while the UN staff who cared about those in the camps are being threatened in this manner.

TGTE challenges the Government of Sri Lanka to act responsibly by taking all necessary  steps to allow the UN to function smoothly and to fully cooperate with the UN panel.  Sri Lankan government cannot escape its responsibility for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes by using intimidation and threat.

TGTE urges the UN not to be intimidated by this “hostage” politics of the Sri Lankan government and to proceed as planned for the panel to investigate genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. We are prepared to offer full assistance and cooperation to the work of the UN panel.

‘Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam’ to assist UN panel

1 Jul

‘Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam’ to assist UN panel

The head of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam Visvanathan Rudrakumarn has offered to co-operate with the UN panel appointed by UN Secretary General Ban ki-moon to advice him on Sri Lanka and also urged the committee to protect witnesses who come forward to testify. The Rudrakumar has urged the panel to eventually publish its findings in order to ensure complete transparency, to help launch a needed public discourse about the violations of international law and to undertake the necessary remedial measures to ensure that this shall never happen again.

“We therefore offer our full cooperation to the UN’s panel of investigators and we are willing to provide a large number of first-hand evidence to aid the panel. Despite the panel’s declaration not to visit the country, we call the UN to independently and freely gather first-hand accounts about the atrocities committed from the very population of the Vanni region, who will be able to depict the reality of the massacres,” US based Tamil activist and a head of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam Visvanathan Rudrakumarn said…………  read more

The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam welcomes the UN’s appointment of a panel of experts on accountability in the island of Sri Lanka

1 Jul

By Mr Visvanathan Rudrakumarn – Interim Chief Executive

The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) applauds the UN’s move to appoint a panel to investigate the violations of human rights and humanitarian laws in the island of Sri Lanka. We regard the UN Secretary General’s decision to appoint the panel as a crucial step towards bringing justice to the victims of human rights abuses that occurred during the last months of the armed conflict in the island of Sri Lanka.

The large-scale violations of international human rights and humanitarian law during the final stages of the war led to the death of many thousands of innocent Tamils in northern Sri Lanka. The perpetrators of these violations have yet to be held accountable for their actions. The appointment of this independent panel rightly rejects the Government of Sri Lanka’s attempts to whitewash any breaches of international law by the Sri Lankan Armed Forces, including war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide and serves as a deterrent to other states to apply the so called Sri Lankan option for national conflicts. Continue reading

Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam calls to ensure the right to home

23 Jun

World Refugee Day: Tamils remember more than 50 years of refugee life Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam calls to ensure the right to home

As the World marks the World Refugee Day on June 20, The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) pledges to continue to work for the tens of thousands of Tamil civilians languishing in Sri Lankan military run internment camps and for the welfare of those that have departed the camps but continue to face the likelihood of arbitrary arrest, detention and torture.

It also pledges to work towards overcoming the economic and social challenges faced by these Internally displaced Persons (IDP) and

stopping the colonization schemes planned by the military to permanently keep these people out of their homes. As a body representing and unifying the Tamils around the world, we will keep alive the memories of Tamil refugee life throughout the past five decades in all our endeavors.

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The torch carrying young ambassadors of the TGTE

1 Jun

The torch carrying young ambassadors of the TGTE

From May 17th to 19th, 2010, Tamil elected representatives from UK, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, Australia, France and Denmark Norway and Sweden came to Philadelphia, the historical land mark of USA for its independent in 1776 – for the first assembly of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) with an illuminating message to the world that the democratic and political phase of Tamil people is well and alive.

Participating as the elected representative for the State of New Jersey at the Inaugural Sessions of the TGTE was a solemn, emotional experience that also enthralled the sense of Tamil pride and hope above all. The hope which shone like the sun through morning mist on that bright spring day in Philadelphia – that our resilience is rising along, especially with the younger generation of Tamils – elected as representatives and being very much involved in the progress of  TGTE…………….  READ MORE