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Tamil Diaspora orgs mark Sri Lanka's independence day with letter to UN calling for international commitment to justice

Tamil Diaspora organisations across the world marked Sri Lanka’s Independence Day by sending a letter to the United Nations Human Rights Chief.

In the letter to Rights Chief Zeid Al Hussein,  the organisations outlined Sri Lanka’s failure to progress on its commitments to accountability and reconciliation, adding,

“Tamil dignitaries and politicians did not attend ceremonies celebrating the event from 1972 to 2014 in protest for the exclusion of the Tamil population from the political, economic, and cultural life of the country and the elimination of protections for non-Sinhalese Buddhist communities.”

“This Independence Day 2018, the undersigned Tamil diaspora organizations appeal to the International Community, particularly the Western and regional powers with influence and involvement in Sri Lanka, to ensure justice and lasting peace in Sri Lanka following up on consensus UN Human Rights Council Resolution 30/1 and the reaffirmation of commitments made therein through HR/34/1 in March 2017,” the letter read.