Rudra seeks EU backing for Tamil issue

Visuvanathan-RudrakumaranThe head of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE), Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran, has urged the European Union to support to Eelam Tamils in their continuing struggle for justice.

In a statement to the media, Rudrakumaran said that the TGTE and Tamils around the world welcome the decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union annulling the ban on the LTTE and salutes the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for ensuring rule of law and the role of judiciary in good governance.

“The European ban against the LTTE was brought on the basis of the ban imposed by India and built on news media as source of evidence. The ECJ ruled that since the European Council cannot assume that the right of defense and right to effective judicial protection were safeguarded under the Indian legislation to an extent equivalent to that guaranteed at the EU level, coupled with the observation that the factual basis of a decision could not be based on press or internet as evidence, but only on information specifically examined and upheld in decisions of competent national authorities, the ban cannot be sustained,” he said.

Rudrakumaran said that while the unlawfulness of the ban brought against the LTTE by the European Union in such a hurried manner in 2006 has now been exposed, the ban also went some way towards serving the needs of the Sri Lankan Government in the “genocide it perpetrated on the Tamil people” in Mullivaaikal in 2009.

“We, therefore, urge the European Union to consider it as its moral obligation at this point in time to lend support to Eelam Tamils in their continuing struggle for justice. Tamils hold the LTTE as freedom fighters and martyrs, and continue to commemorate them each year by gathering in their tens of thousands at the Heroes’ day celebrations around the world. Listing the LTTE as a terrorist organization eight years ago has not succeeded in dislodging them form the heart and soul of the Tamil Nation. It is our earnest hope that the European Union would pay due regard to the feelings of a Nation pursuing its liberation through political and democratic means,” he said.

Rudrakumaran also said that the TGTE does not believe that at a time when the LTTE has silenced its weapons and the Tamil freedom struggle has chosen a political and diplomatic pathway, reinstating a ban on the LTTE will pave the way for any political solution in Sri Lanka.