Several Tamils who are either victims or witnesses of the war are eager to testify before a UN led investigation to seek justice for the mass killing of their relatives and other Tamils, the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) said.
TGTE leader Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran appealed to the Prime Minister of Portugal Pedro Passos Coelho, who met President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday, to raise with Sri Lanka the issue of security for witnesses who will be testifying before the led UN inquiry.
The UN Human Rights Council in its March 2014 session created the investigative body on Sri Lanka.
However TGTE claims the Sri Lankan Government has taken a hostile attitude towards the investigation and some Cabinet Ministers have warned anyone from testifying before this body.
“As the first world leader to visit Sri Lanka since the creation of the UN investigative body, you have enormous opportunity and responsibility to urge Sri Lankan President not to harm Tamils who testify before this UN body” Rudrakumaran said.
“There are also concerns that the Sri Lankan Security forces may target the relatives of the witnesses.”
The TGTE held internationally supervised elections among Tamils around the world to elect 132 Members of Parliament and is leading a campaign to realize Tamils’ political aspirations through peaceful, diplomatic and democratic means.