Tamils in Sri Lanka Attacked for Celebrating India's Cricket Victory: Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam Condemns the Attack, Congratulates Indian Team

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Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) today condemned attacks by the Sri Lankan security forces on Tamils in Sri Lanka, who were celebrating the victory of the Indian cricket team. TGTE also extended its congratulations to the Indian cricket team.

Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) today condemned attacks by the Sri Lankan security forces on Tamils in the island of Sri Lanka, who were celebrating the victory of the Indian cricket team. TGTE also extended its congratulations to the Indian cricket team for their impressive victory and said Tamils in the island and around the world are joining the people of India in their celebrations.

"It is reported that Tamil's lit firecrackers to celebrate India's cricket victory and to express their joy. Sri Lankan security forces went around in motor bicycles and attacked those celebrating," said Mr. Deluxon Morris, Minister for investigation of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. "It is a well known fact that Tamils have no basic rights in Sri Lanka. Now, they even do not have the right to celebrate a Cricket victory. This is the plight of Tamils in Sri Lanka." Sri Lankan security forces are almost exclusively from the Sinhalese community and are stationed in Tamil areas in the island of Sri Lanka.

Even though the war has ended about two years ago, the Sri Lankan Security forces are present in large numbers in Tamil areas and their presence is expanding. "There are reports of political killings, rapes, abductions and other abuses against Tamil civilians. This is the state under which Tamils live in that island and the attack for celebrating India's victory is a continuation of the humiliation and abuse they face," said Mr. Morris.

In the final months of the war, around 80,000 Tamils were killed by the Sri Lankan security force's bombing and shelling. According to the United Nations several Tamils died of starvation and many bled to death when the Sri Lankan Government prevented medical aid to the injured. United Nations Secretary General appointed a Panel of experts to assess whether War Crimes were committed for these killings. The Panel is going to hand over the report to UN Secretary General this month and TGTE is urging the finding of the report to be made public.

Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) is a democratically elected body of the Tamil diaspora. It conducted elections in twelve countries to elect Members of Parliament. TGTE drafted and approved a Constitution, elected a Prime Minister, Speaker and a ten member Cabinet.

To read the press release in Hindi go to: http://www.tgte-us.org/letters/Tamil_India_cricket_April_3_2011.html

To read the press release in Hindi go to: http://www.tgte-us.org/letters/Hindi_India_cricket_April_3_2011.html

Visit us at http://www.TGTE-US.org.

For information contact: Mr. Morris at d(dot)morris(at)tgte(dot)org

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