We particularly wanted to thank Ms. Arbour for ICG’s attention to matters that require international attention, which included a call for an international investigation into atrocities and war crimes committed by SL armed forces and the government.
New York, New York (PRWEB) February 06, 2013
“The International Crisis Group is a non-governmental organization (NGO) that identifies and tries to resolve toxic conflicts all over the world,” said the press spokesman for Tamils for Obama. “They have earned a lot of respect and influence and are able to use this to pressure much weightier organizations. Specifically, we think that ICG is at least partly responsible for the US pushing its resolution at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in March 2013.
“We hope and expect that the US resolution, which calls for an international inquiry into the ghastly events of the Sri Lankan civil war, will lay the foundation for greater justice and less suffering for the Tamils in Sri Lanka.
“Of course,” said the spokesman, “It is the ICG’s superior reporting of events in Sri Lanka that most moves our hearts.”
In its own words, the ICG is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization committed to preventing and resolving deadly conflict. Tamils for Obama, a group of Tamil Americans, recently sent ICG and its president, Louise Arbour, a letter praising ICG and Arbour for the group’s principles and effectiveness.
“We have lot of respect for Louise Arbour and for the organization she heads, the International Crisis Group,” said the press spokesman. “We sent her a letter praising her for her group’s attention to and reporting of things that are going on in Sri Lanka, even after the civil war ended and everyone else in the world chose to look elsewhere.”
“We at Tamils for Obama wished to express our approval and admiration for ICG’s conscientious and appropriate execution of their duties,” the spokesman explained. “We wished to convey our high regard to Arbour personally and to all of her staff.
The spokesman then said “Ms. Arbour and ICG put their efforts into matters that require international attention. This has included a call for an international investigation into atrocities and war crimes committed by Sri Lankan armed forces and the Sri Lankan government.
“The ICG was the first to inform the world of the horrendous situation facing Tamil widows in the north and east of Sri Lanka. This organization put a number on the population of widows: 90,000. It is important that a respected and neutral outside group gave a measurement that showed the scale of the Tamils’ misery,” the spokesman went on.
“The ICG also told other important stories, such as the uprooting of Tamils from areas they have inhabited for centuries and the resettlement of these areas by Singhalese,” the spokesman said. “This was another thing that the world would have ignored if the ICG had not reported it.
“We at Tamils for Obama,” the spokesman went on, “believe that only a referendum among Tamils can establish the popular will of the people in the north and east. We said so in our letter.
“We expect that sooner or later ICG will come around to our way of thinking—that something like the South Sudan model must prevail--and that Arbour and the ICG will help to lead the world in this direction.”
To see the whole letter click here.
Tamils for Obama is a politically active group of Tamil Americans. They believe that over 70,000 Tamil civilians were massacred during the last weeks of the Sri Lankan civil war. They have also watched the behavior of the Sri Lankan Singhalese victors after the war, and 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 (516) 308-2645 and speak to, or leave a message for, the Communication Director, Tamils for Obama.