New York, NY (PRWEB) May 14, 2011
Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) has announced that a week of remembrance begins on May 12th for those killed in the final months of the war. According to the recent UN* report tens of thousands of Tamil civilians were killed and several women were raped by the Sri Lankan security forces. Several civilians also died of starvation when the Sri Lankan government prevented food from reaching Tamils. Additionally, several were bled to death and more died of sickness as a result of government’s denial of medical aid, said the TGTE spokesperson.
The Week of Remembrance will be held every year as per a Bill that was introduced in the TGTE Parliament and was adopted after a debate. Additionally, May 18th has been declared as the Tamil Eelam National Day of Mourning by the TGTE Parliament, said the TGTE spokesperson.
This week of remembrance is a tribute to those who were killed and raped simply because they belong to the Tamil community, said the TGTE spokesperson.
TGTE Members of Parliament (MPs), as elected representatives of the Tamil diaspora, are coordinating activities during this week of remembrance in their respective constituencies around the world. Several public events will be held, including prayers in places of worship, public meetings, candle light vigils, flower tributes and memorial services, said the TGTE spokesperson. TGTE is calling upon every Tamil to actively participate in these activities he said.
On May 18th rallies will be held outside the United Nations offices in New York and Geneva to urge the UN Secretary General to refer Sri Lanka to the International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor and also to appoint a commission of inquiry for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. TGTE has already initiated a worldwide signature campaign on these requests to the UN and the signature campaign will continue said the TGTE spokesperson.
Tamils living in Tamil Eelam cannot mourn freely and openly due to lack of political space and climate of fear that is prevailing in the island of Sri Lanka. But Tamils living in free and democratic countries are organizing several public events to remember those killed and raped. Sri Lankan government can terrorize and silence those living under their control but they cannot silence the diaspora, said the TGTE spokesperson.
To read the press release in Tamil go to: http://www.tgte-us.org/letters/TGTEWeekofRememberancePressRelease%20TAMIL.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: Minister for Interior Mr. Nagalingam Balachandran – Phone: + (33)66 236 5007 – Email: balachandrantgte(at)gmail(dot)com
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