‘The physical survival of Tamils can only be ensured in an independent Tamil Eelam’
Vol 3 | Issue 13
The 19th session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) adopted a resolution pertaining inter alia to the international crimes committed by the politico military establishment of the Government of Sri Lanka in its war against the Tamils.
The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) has always maintained that only an independent international inquiry will bring accountability and justice to the Tamils.
The world is slowly waking up to the real face of the racist Sri Lankan regime
The UNHRC resolution is a watered-down version of the original US sponsored resolution calling for an independent inquiry and implementation of LLRC recommendations.
We welcome the fact that the international community that once congratulated the feat of the Sri Lankan Army of shooting tens of thousands of innocent civilians, including children, women, the sick and the aged, has now found time to sit down, sift through the evidence, and then pose the question to Sri Lanka if it would mind re-examining some of its core contentions.
The Government of Sri Lanka used every trick in the book to defeat this resolution, in itself a lukewarm and insufficient resolution as a response to the enormous atrocities that were committed by the Sri Lankan Government forces in the first months of 2009.
However, as the votes have now turned out, we see that it is not the resolution, but the Government of Sri Lanka that has been defeated. We can say in a loud and clear voice that this first defeat of them is not going to be their last one. We are confident that Government of Sri Lanka will face many defeats in the months and years to come.
For this, the international community, sensitized as it is to the belligerence and intractability of the Sri Lankan State, should stay focused on the everyday events in that island and the progress in terms of accountability and delivery of justice to the long suffering Tamil people.
We also thank the many international civil society organizations and media that are working hard to keep the issue in the international altar and for their quest for justice to Tamils. We thank our brethren in Tamil Nadu who provided a determined effort irrespective of political affiliations.
Their united rally behind the courageous leadership of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa demonstrated to the world that the struggle for Tamil Eelam is now carried not by Eelam Tamils alone, but by the world Tamils as a whole.
The struggle imbued with justice and morality of the 60 million Tamils will never be in vain.
Over the past several weeks, the Tamil Diaspora, Tamil civil society and the Tamil political leadership in the homeland, acted in unison recognizing the significance of the monumental opportunity that came our way via the 19th session of the UNHRC.
We envision more such unified action in the months and years to come. We call upon all the Tamil entities to discuss and strategize towards our common destination – an independent and sovereign state of Tamil Eelam.
We wish to draw attention to the fact that at the height of atrocities taking place in Libya, immediate calls were being made to bring the responsible perpetrators for trial.
The ongoing situation in Syria is that there are human rights violations and calls for accountability of those responsible. The basic principle of human rights that all human lives have equal protection and are of equal value must be upheld at all times and not abused for the sake of political expedience.
The atrocities in Libya and Syria pale into insignificance in the face of the enormity of the genocide of the Tamils in Sri Lanka and the continued and systematic repression of Tamils being practiced by the Government of Sri Lanka today.
TGTE declared the year 2012 as a year for International investigation. We will employ various international and domestic forums in different countries to have an international investigation commenced.
TGTE Parliament also passed a resolution calling for an international protection mechanism for our brothers and sisters in the island of Sri Lanka. We are exploring various modalities of an International protection mechanism.
We believe what happened in Sri Lanka in 2009 were not just war crimes and crimes against humanity but an act of genocide.
Establishing the fact that there has been Genocide is necessary to deliver justice for the victims. We have formed a panel of experts to take this task forward. We believe the physical survival of Tamils can only be ensured in an independent Tamil Eelam.
Today, and until then, the question that begs an answer is “How many times will the lessons will have to be learnt and re-learnt before the international community realizes one more life lost is one too many!”
Deluxon Morris is Minister for Investigation of Genocide, Crimes against Humanity and War Crimes, TGTE (Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam). TGTE is a democratically elected government of Tamils from the island of Sri Lanka.