Nobel Peace Prize Committee Urged to Consider Those Who Comforted the Victims and Exposed the Perpetrators in Sri Lanka

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Tamils for Obama wrote to members of the Nobel Peace Prize Committee reminding them of the “appalling things done to Tamils in Sri Lanka by their own government” and of the many individuals who have worked to help the victims and expose the perpetrators of the crimes.

“We are startled that the peace prize committee has not already honored some of the people and organizations that have worked to treat the wounds of war and persecution in Sri Lanka,” said a spokesman for Tamils for Obama. “These individuals and groups have worked hard and courageously to mend the damages done to Tamils by their malicious government. They have worked to shine a light on the criminals as well as on the victims, and we feel that they deserve recognition. We wrote a letter to members of the committee explaining this.”

“The letter to Nobel committee members began with ‘The Nobel Peace Prize is reported and respected internationally when it is granted each year,’” said the spokesman. “Then it went on ‘We believe that along with recognition for bringers of peace, it helps to make citizens of the world aware of the atrocities committed by practitioners of crimes against humanity, and so helps to prevent future crimes.’”

“Members of The Norwegian Nobel Committee are aware of the political impact of the prize they award,” continued the spokesman. “We hope that they will help us make the world aware of the crimes and suffering in Sri Lanka as well as the good people and groups who have worked to alleviate the harm.”

“We would like to remind you of the appalling things done to Tamils in Sri Lanka by their own government,” the letter goes on, “and point out that certain individuals and organizations have taken actions to comfort the victims and expose the perpetrators.”

“There are so many of them that we can not list them all, or even identify the ones who are most deserving of international recognition,” said the Tamils for Obama spokesman.

In the letter Tamils for Obama wrote “These persons and organizations are too numerous to name here, but there are so many of them deserving of the Nobel Peace Prize that we are surprised that it has not been awarded to some of them already.

“We offered to help the Nobel committee compile a list of people and groups who have done such good work in easing the effects of war and persecution on the victims,” said the spokesman. “We will also help them identify the good works.”

We told them in closing “We look forward to hearing from you.”

To see the letter to the Nobel Committee go to:\letters\A_Nobel_Peace_Prize_for_Work_in_Sri_Lanka.html

Tamils for Obama is a politically active group of Tamil Americans. We supported Hillary Clinton and then Barack Obama in the Democratic primary and US general election in 2008. We believe that over 70,000 Tamil civilians were massacred during the last weeks of the Sri Lankan civil war. We have watched the behavior of the Sri Lankan Singhalese victors after the war, and we strongly conclude that Tamils in Sri Lanka will only be safe when this unfortunate island is divided into two states.

To contact the group, call at (617) 765-4394 and speak to, or leave a message for, the Communication Director, Tamils for Obama.
Email: info(at)TamilsforObama(dot)com


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