Terrorism Label on Peaceful Advocacy for Independent State is a denial of Freedom of Speech – TGTE

Terrorism The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE)’s Parliament & Cabinet have taken decisions to respond to Sri Lanka’s listing of Tamil groups as terrorists
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• TGTE to take this matter to:
a) UN Human Rights Committee,
b) UN Special Rapporteur for freedom of speech,
c) UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Counter Terrorism and
d)  Anti-Terrorism Committee established under UN Security Council Resolution 1373.

• TGTE will argue its clear position that labeling the peaceful advocacy for an independent and sovereign state of Tamil Eelam, which is based on the remedial right to self-determination, as terrorism is a denial of the freedom of speech.

• TGTE has formed three committees to coordinate response.

• TGTE will take forward the “Say No to Sri Lanka” campaign.

The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE)’s Parliament and Cabinet have taken the following decisions in response to the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL)’s “list” of banned organizations, and also to intensify the TGTE’s campaign to realize Tamils’ political aspirations through peaceful, diplomatic and democratic means.

The TGTE has decided to take this matter to the UN Human Rights Committee, the UN Special Rapporteur for freedom of speech, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Counter Terrorism and the Anti-Terrorism Committee established under UN Security Council Resolution 1373.

TGTE will argue its clear position that labeling the peaceful advocacy for an independent and sovereign state of Tamil Eelam, which is based on the remedial right to self-determination, as terrorism is a denial of the freedom of speech.

In order to carry forward these measures, the TGTE has formed three committees to coordinate response.

In order to create a measurable impact on the economic base of the Sri Lankan state, to the TGTE will take forward the “Say No to Sri Lanka” campaign and vitalize it on many fronts. In order to strategize for this campaign, to collect the necessary data and to explore innovative/political/ legal strategies, to the TGTE will hold a conference in United Kingdom in the week of May 18.

The TGTE will also accelerate and intensify the distribution of the Tamil Eelam National Cards, focusing on the task during the week of May 18th, coinciding with the week of national mourning marking the fifth year anniversary of the mass killing of Tamils in Mullivaikaal in 2009.

Giving meaning to the measures the TGTE is taking forward at this critical hour will be a sacred and appropriate tribute to the Tamils who perished in Mullivaikaal. (Yahoo.com)

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