Facebook icon
Twitter icon
e-mail icon

Diaspora groups pledge to continue fight for justice in 2012

Tamil diaspora organisations across the world pledged "renewed commitment to work together to bring justice and peace" to Tamils in Sri Lanka, in a statement released to coincide with the new year.

Reiterating their united stance against the "pogroms, war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide" faced by the Tamil nation at the hands of the Sri Lankan government, they resolved to continue the campaign for an independent, international investigation into crimes committed during the armed conflict.

The full list of signatories included: Australian Tamil Congress, British Tamil Conservatives, British Tamil Forum, Canadian Tamil Congress, Center for War Victims & Human Rights (Canada), Global Tamil Forum, Ilankai Tamil Sangam (USA), Maison du Tamil Eelam (France), National Council of Canadian Tamils, Norwegian Council of Eelam Tamils, Swedish Tamils Forum, Tamils For Labour, Tamils For Obama, Tamil Forum Malaysia, Thamil Creative Writers Association (Canada), Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam, United States Tamil Political Action Council and USA
World Thamil Organization.

The statement published on http://www.tamilcanadian.com/article/6203, has been reproduced below:

"On this New Year’s Day, January 1, 2012, the Tamil organizations around the world pledge their renewed commitment to work together to bring justice and peace to our Tamil people living in the island of Sri Lanka. We also pledge to lend our support and assistance to any organizations or entities that work for the rights of the Tamils living in the island.

With our strong, diverse backgrounds, we are united in voicing for our people who have been oppressed by the Government of Sri Lanka for decades, and subjected to pogroms, war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.

We pledge to garner the support of the International Community and the United Nations institutions to set up independent international investigations for the grave crimes committed against our people and bring prosecutions against alleged perpetrators.

At this propitious time of year, we call for a peaceful and prosperous world with equality and freedom for all."

 

We need your support

Sri Lanka is one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a journalist. Tamil journalists are particularly at threat, with at least 41 media workers known to have been killed by the Sri Lankan state or its paramilitaries during and after the armed conflict.

Despite the risks, our team on the ground remain committed to providing detailed and accurate reporting of developments in the Tamil homeland, across the island and around the world, as well as providing expert analysis and insight from the Tamil point of view

We need your support in keeping our journalism going. Support our work today.