Tamils Urging U.N. Members to Sponsor a Referendum on Tamil Eelam

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Tamils for Obama sent a letter to representatives of all U.N. member states asking them to support a referendum on Tamil Eelam, the independent Tamil state. The letter uses the precedent of East Timor, in which a U.N.-sponsored referendum ended a bloody civil war and led to East Timor's independence. The Tamils ask for UNTATE (United Nations Transitional Administration in Tamil Eelam), analogous to UNTAET (U.N. Transitional Administration in East Timor).

Tamils for Obama sent a letter to representatives of all U.N. member states asking them to support a referendum on forming Tamil Eelam. The letter uses the precedent of East Timor, in which a U.N.-sponsored referendum ended a bloody civil war and led to East Timor's independence to make its case.

The text of the letter is reprinted here:

"Your Excellency, Permanent Representative to the UN:

This letter concerns UNTATE. That stands for United Nations Transitional Administration in Tamil Eelam. Tamil Eelam means Tamil homeland. UNTATE follows the precedent of UNTAET, the U.N. Transitional Administration in East Timor. We would like to show how this precedent applies to the situation of Tamils in Sri Lanka.

Let us remind you that Indonesia invaded East Timor in 1975. Following the invasion there was a civil war, atrocities by government-supported paramilitary groups, the starvation and disease that come with destruction of civil society that comes with civil war, and massive displacement of the civilian populations both within the disrupted country and into other countries. Note that all of these events (except for invasion) have happened in Tamil-inhabited areas of Sri Lanka.

Numerous respectable sources describe the "genocide in East Timor." Here is one: http://www.yale.edu/gsp/east_timor/ .

While you are certainly familiar with the U.N.'s Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, let us remind you that this document defines any of the following acts as genocide:
(a) Killing members of the group;
(b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
(c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
(d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
(e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.

Items (a), (b), and (c) are well documented as on-going events in Sri Lanka. Many impeccable sources refer to the genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka. Here is one: http://www.genocidewatch.org/srilanka.html .

In 1999, a U.N.-sponsored referendum was held in East Timor. It ended the genocide and led to the independence of that nation. We hope that a similar U.N.-sponsored referendum can be held in Tamil-inhabited areas of Sri Lanka, and we ask you to support it.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Tamils for Obama."

Tamils are an ethnic group living mainly in the northeast of Sri Lanka and southern India. They are a minority population in Sri Lanka, and are currently bearing the brunt of a civil war they regard as genocide. One third of the Tamil population has fled the island and formed a substantial diaspora overseas. Tamils for Obama is comprised of Tamils who have settled in the U.S. or who were born in the U.S.

To contact the group, call at (617) 765- 4394 and speak to, or leave a message for, the Communication Director, Tamils for Obama.

http://www.TamilsForObama.com

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