A Tamil diaspora group based in the US says it will stage a protest during the scheduled visit to New York by President Mahinda Rajapaksa next month to address the UN General Assembly (UNGA).
The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) led by V. Rudrakumaran has written to UN Secretary General Ban ki-moon urging him to publicly censure the Sri Lankan government for denying direct access for the victims of international crimes in the island of Sri Lanka to UN investigators.
The TGTE said it will also be organizing a protest rally outside the UN in New York on September 25th to protest against the Sri Lankan Government.
“It is time for the UN Secretary General to publicly censure the Sri Lankan government for denying direct access for the victims of international crimes in the island of Sri Lanka to OISL investigators. As the UN Internal Review Panel Report demonstrates, quiet diplomacy or appeasement does not work with the Sri Lankan government, which is not susceptible to reason. Thus it is time for robust public diplomacy. We urge the Secretary General to use his office as a moral pulpit to galvanize international opinion against the obstinacy of the Sri Lankan government,” the TGTE said.
TGTE has also urged UN Member states to raise the Sri Lankan issue in the appropriate forums to safeguard the credibility and effectiveness of the United Nations. (Colombo Gazette)