It is a shame that a perpetrator of genocide the Sri Lankan President, is allowed to address a forum which adopted the convention on the Prevention and Punishment of The Crime of Genocide. It is a shame that a perpetrator of Crimes Against Humanity whose racist aggression which resulted in the killings of more than 100,000 people is allowed to address a forum which adopted the Rome Statute. It is a shame a war criminal is allowed to address a forum which promulgated the R2P.
We understand that his position as the Head of a member state of the UN allows him to sneak through the gates of the U.N. Thus in order to put an end to impunity, in order to ensure accountability, in order to protect the very integrity of the UN itself we call upon the UN Secretary General to appoint an International Commission of Inquiry in the exercise of his inherent power under Article 99 of the U. N. Charter.
At the same time we challenge the Sri Lankan President, in the name of justice, in the name of the rule of law, in the name of universal jurisdiction, not to hide behind the veil of Head of State immunity, not to hide behind the shield of U.N immunity, explicitly renounce those immunities and travel to any civilized country. This challenge is equally applicable to any leader of the Sri Lankan political military establishment.
Even if he doesn’t do it now, we can assure him that he will join the ranks of Pinochet, Charles Taylor, Fujimore and other violators of humanitarian and human rights laws.
Brother and sisters, our brethren back home even after the genocide, even while living in a state of terror, in a state of torture, disappearance, sexual violence have demonstrated that their quest for freedom cannot be suppressed by the Sinhala boots. They have demonstrated that we Eelam Tamils are a distinct nation, we Eelam Tamils have traditional homeland.
We Eelam Tamils posses the inherent right to self determination. We salute their bravery, we salute their steadfastness. Since their political space is restricted by the 6th Amendment, since their freedom of speech is restricted by the 6th Amendment, it falls upon the shoulders of the Diaspora to articulate our political aspirations fully.
Given the fact that more than 100, 000 Eelam Tamils were killed in Mullivaikal on account of their Tamil Nationality, given the fact that more than 90, 000 were made as war widows, we tell the international community, the time of reconciliation has passed. As Milton aptly said “never can true reconcilement grow where wounds of deadly hate have pierced so deep”. We tell our Sinhala brethren that we will have friendly relations based on sovereign equality.
Together, the Eelam Tamils, the Tamil Disapora and the Tamils across the globe, especially with our Tamil Nadu brethren we exercise our right to self determination in a remedial fashion. The call of the hour is remedial self determination. We call upon India to expedite this process based on same moral principle on which it contributed to the creation of Bangladesh.
The tide has started to turn. With globalization and technological innovation, the people’s power has been unleashed. The questions is not if. The question is when. With sacrifices, with dedication and determination, with tears and sweat through democratic and diplomatic means well establish Tamil Eelam in our lifetime.
The Thirst of Tamil is Tamil Eelam.
*Speech made by the Prime Minister of Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) at the Pongu Tamil rally – September 24th