Tamils from US and Canada are due to gather before the UN headquarters in New York on Wednesday (24) afternoon, in protest of President Rajapaksa‘s visit to New York and his address before the UN General Assembly.
The rally is due to be held from 1 – 5 pm outside the UN office and it is held in order to urge the UN officials including UN General Secretary Ban Ki-Moon and the UNGA President to:
– Condemn Sri Lanka’s denial of visa to the OHCHR panel appointed to probe in war crimes allegations in Sri Lanka
– Ensure the protection of witnesses and urge the Sri Lankan President to refrain from harming Tamils who testify before the UN body
– Warn the Sri Lankan President of the cosequences for intimidating and persecuting potential witnesses of the OHCHR probe, as Government Ministers have already threatened with legal action against those testifying before the UN inquiry
– Urge all present before the assembly to refrain from allowing President Rajapaksa from using his appearance before the UN to sanitize his international crimes
“President Rajapaksa is not just a war criminal but a perpetrator of genocide,” the TGTE has further stated in the media release circulated on the rally that is to be held on Wednesday.
President Rajapaksa left for New York today to address the UNGA on September 24.