TGTE Parliament Debates Ratification of International Criminal Court

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The Parliament of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) started debating a Bill calling for the ratification of International Criminal Court (ICC). The Bill - Ratification of the Rome Statute establishing the International Criminal Court - was tabled by two TGTE Members of Parliament. Sri Lanka did not ratify this treaty. By ratifying this treaty TGTE is accepting ICC’s jurisdiction in Tamil Eelam.

The Parliament of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) started debating a Bill calling for the ratification of International Criminal Court (ICC), said the Speaker of TGTE, Mr. Pon Balarajan. The Bill - Ratification of the Rome Statute establishing the International Criminal Court - was tabled by two TGTE Members of Parliament Shan Sunder and Jey Jeyalingam, he continued.

By ratifying this treaty, TGTE is taking an important step of becoming a responsible member of the international community and is emphasizing the importance of ICC, said the Speaker. It should be noted that Sri Lanka did not ratify this treaty and this treaty is most relevant to Tamil Eelam citizens due to genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity that were committed against them by the Sri Lankan state, he continued.

By ratifying this treaty TGTE is accepting ICC’s jurisdiction in Tamil Eelam, said the Speaker.

TGTE is reaching out to the United Nations Secretary General, UN Security Council members and several world leaders to refer Sri Lanka to ICC prosecutor and to initiate an international investigation on Sri Lanka, said the Speaker.

TGTE is currently involved in an international signature campaign to hold Sri Lanka’s political and military leaders to face charges for committing genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity against Tamil civilians and it is taking steps to counter Sri Lankan Government's anti UN propaganda, said the Speaker.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) is a permanent international court to prosecute individuals who committed genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, and as of April 2011, 114 states have ratified this treaty, said the Speaker. Sri Lanka did not ratify this treaty and to date; the ICC has opened investigation in six cases around the world where war crimes, crimes against humanity or genocide have taken place, he continued.

One head of state, President Bashier of Sudan, have been at charged at the ICC and an *arrest warrant was issued, said the Speaker. Given the recent **UN report on Sri Lanka there is a possibility that Sri Lankan President Rajapakse will follow Sudan President’s foot steps in facing charges at the International Criminal Court for committing genocide, war crimes and Crimes against humanity against Tamil civilians, he continued.

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

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

** http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=38187&Cr=sri+lanka&Cr1

For information please contact Shan Sunder:at shan(at)sundaram-art(dot)com

Visit at http://www.tgte-us.org and contact at info(at)tgte-us(dot)org

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