TGTE Salutes Channel 4 for Its Documentary Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields; Urges International Action

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Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) today applauded Chanel 4 for its documentary* Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields. “We salute and express our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation for Cannel 4 for bringing the truth about the mass killing of Tamils and rape of Tamil women by the Sri Lankan Security forces,” said the Prime Minister of TGTE Mr. Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran. "What we have seen is the tip of the iceberg and if journalists have free access to Sri Lanka, they will unearth mountains of evidence confirming genocide of Tamils.These Tamils were killed simply because they belong to the Tamil nation and this documentary reinforces the fact that only way Tamils' very physical security can be ensured in the Island of Sri Lanka is to establish an independent Tamil state." He also called to refer Sri Lanka to the International Criminal Court Prosecutor and to hold an internationally supervised referendum, like the one held in Southern Sudan and East Timor.

Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) today applauded Chanel 4 for its documentary* Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields. “We salute and express our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation for Cannel 4 for bringing the truth about the mass killing of Tamils and rape of Tamil women by the Sri Lankan Security forces” said the Prime Minister of TGTE Mr. Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran. "What we have seen is the tip of the iceberg and if journalists have free access to Sri Lanka, they will unearth mountains of evidence confirming genocide of Tamils," he continued.

"These Tamils were killed simply because they belong to the Tamil nation and this documentary reinforces the fact that only way Tamils' very physical security can be ensured in the Island of Sri Lanka is to establish an independent Tamil state," he said. "Unless an independent Tamil state is established the events highlighted in the Channel 4 documentary will occur again," he cautioned, citing repeated mass killings and raping of Tamil women since 1958 race riots.

The Prime Minister said that, "a noted journalist Tarzi Vittachi in his 1958 book: Emergency’58 – The Story of Ceylon Race Riots, analyzed the race relations and ends with a question: Have the Tamils and Sinhalese come to the parting of ways? That question was answered by Tamils in the 1977 General elections, when Tamils overwhelmingly voted for a sovereign and independent state called Tamil Eelam," he continued. "This 1977 General election was conducted by the Sri Lankan government and it took place long before armed struggle started in Sri Lanka," he noted.

"During another race riots in 1983, not only thousands of Tamils were hunted down and women were gang raped, even political prisoners were massacred in prisons," he continued. "Tamils are not safe even in prisons," he said. "It is time for the International community to act and refer Sri Lanka to the International Criminal Court Prosecutor and to initiate an International Commission of inquiry as recommended by the UN Panel of Experts," he continued.

The Prime Minister also appealed to the international community to find a permanent solution to protect Tamils and to find the wishes of Tamils about their future. He recommended an internationally supervised referendum, like the one held in Southern Sudan and East Timor. "What better way to find the wishes of a persecuted nation that faced repeated mass killings, constituting genocide, than an internationally supervised democratic referendum?" He asked. "Give Tamils a chance to determine their own destiny," he appealed. He also urged the international community not to fail the Tamils again in the name of "reconciliation".

"This documentary is also a powerful message to the tyrants of the world, like the Sri Lankan Government, that they cannot commit Genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity in secret and escape international attention," he continued. "Channel 4 has proved this to the world and they deserve highest award and admiration for their fine journalism," he said. At last people around the world can be relieved that there are international journalists like those in Channel 4 to protect humanity, no matter how hard governments try to cover up their atrocities.

Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) is a democratically elected government of Tamil diaspora. TGTE held internationally supervised elections in twelve countries to elect Members of Parliament (MPs). These MPs drafted and ratified a Constitution, elected a Prime Minister, Speaker and a ten Member Cabinet.

Contact Deluxon Morris (UK): Tel: +(44) 7940020758 or Email: warcrime(at)tgte(dot)org

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