TGTE Launches Signature Campaign for Sri Lanka Genocide Investigation

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Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) is launching a signature campaign to urge the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki -Moon to refer Sri Lanka to ICC Prosecutor and also to appoint a Commission of inquiry to investigate War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity and Genocide. TGTE Members of Parliament will spearhead the collection of these signatures in their respective constituencies around the world. This initiative is a tribute to those who were killed and raped simply because they belong to the Tamil community.

Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) is launching a signature campaign to urge the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki -Moon to refer Sri Lanka to ICC Prosecutor and also to appoint a Commission of inquiry to investigate War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity and Genocide, said a TGTE spokesperson.

TGTE Members of Parliament will spearhead the collection of these signatures in their respective constituencies around the world. TGTE is calling upon every Tamil to actively participate in this initiative. This initiative is a tribute to those who were killed and raped simply because they belong to the Tamil community, said the TGTE spokesperson.

Since Tamils living in Tamil Eelam cannot express their wishes freely and openly due to the climate of fear that is prevailing in the island of Sri Lanka, the responsibility to express the wishes of the Tamil people has fallen in the shoulders of the diaspora Tamils, said the TGTE spokesperson.

TGTE as the elected representatives of the Tamil diaspora will fulfill their obligation to ensure that Tamil voices are loudly and clearly heard to the UN Secretary General. Even after the war ended, Tamil areas are saturated with the Sri Lankan security forces and massive human rights abuses are taking place including political killings, disappearances, kidnappings and rape, said the TGTE spokesperson.

Signatures will be collected in a memorandum to the UN Secretary General outlining the justification for referring Sri Lanka to the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court and for the appointment of the International Commission of Inquiry, as was recommended by the UN report, said the TGTE spokesperson. This UN report authored by Panel of Experts appointed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, documented abuses committed during the final months of the Sri Lanka war and was published in the Island newspaper.

According to this UN report* tens of thousands of Tamil civilians were killed in the final months of the war and highlights rape, summary execution, enforced disappearances, widespread shelling, denial of food, and medicine and government's attempts to intimidate and silence media.

The collection of these signatures is a continuation of TGTE's activities to bring Sri Lankan leaders and the security forces to face charges for the killing and raping of Tamils. TGTE is appointing a panel of experts to counter Sri Lanka's anti-UN report and is reaching out to different governments around the world to counter Sri Lanka's propaganda against this UN report. During the UN Panel's collection of information, TGTE submitted a detailed report outlining the Sri Lankan Government's mass killings of Tamil civilians, said the TGTE spokesperson.

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

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

*To view the New York Times article with details about the UN report go to: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/19/world/asia/19lanka.html

Contact Deluxon Morris (UK): Tel: +(44) 7940020758 or Email: warcrime(at)tgte(dot)org
Visit at http://www.tgte-us.org and contact at info(at)tgte-us(dot)org

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