Northern and Eastern Provincial Council members call for UN to investigate genocide

petitionThirty-three members of the Northern and Eastern Provincial Council have written to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), calling on the investigative team to examine the mass killings of Tamils from at least 1974 onwards and explore the charge of genocide against Sri Lanka.

Joint Letter from the Members of the Northern Provincial Council and the Eastern Provincial Council, Sri Lanka

The Hon.Navanethem Pillay

UnitedNationsHighCommissionerforHumanRights

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights(OHCHR)

Palais Wilson, 52 rue des Pâquis

CH-1201 Geneva,

Switzerland

Dear Honorable Madam High Commissioner Pillay,

Our Request Related to OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka War-Crimes                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                August 17, 2014

It is with utmost respect and gratitude we,the democratically elected Members of the Northern Provincial Council and the Eastern Provincial Council in Sri Lanka,jointly write this letter to you as you prepare to conclude your highly fulfilled and exceptionally accomplished service as the High Commissioner for Human Rights.  On behalf of the Tamil people,we would like to thank you for your dedicated work towards justice and accountability to the victimized Tamils in Sri Lanka.We are confident that the exemplary investigative team that you and your office have put together will ensure justice to the victims.

We would like to submit the following requests to your kind consideration and would be obliged, if you could share our request with the investigative team and also with the incoming High Commissioner:

1.  We request that the OHCHR  investigative team,using the authority of the OHCHR,to look into all the past violations against the Tamil people at least from 1974 when the killings of Tamil people by the Sri Lankan forces started. There were several major incidents of massacres of Tamils in the 1970s,1980s,1990s and 2000s,and none of them were properly investigated by the Sri Lankan government.

2.  The Tamil people strongly believe that they have been,and continued to be subjected to Genocide by Sri Lanka.The Tamils were massacred in groups, their temples and churches were bombed, and their iconic Jaffna Public Library was burnt down in 1981 with its collection of largest oldest priceless irreplaceable Tamil manuscripts.  Systematic Sinhalese settlements and demographic changes with the intent to destroy the Tamil Nation, are taking place. We request the OHCHR investigative team to look into the pattern of all the atrocities against the Tamil people, and to determine if Genocide has taken place.

3.  If the Government of Sri Lanka continues to reject entry for the OHCHR investigative team,we request that the team considers conducting its investigation in the State of Tamil Nadu,India.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely yours,

Signed:

M.Kanagalingam Shivajilingam Member of Northern Provincial Council [Former Member of Parliament, Sri Lanka]

Ponnuthurai Ayngaranesan Minister of Agriculture, Agrarian Services, Animal Husbandry,Irrigation, and Environment, Northern Provincial Council

Balasubramaniam Deniswaran Minister of Fisheries,Transport,Trade,and Commerce, Northern Provincial Council

Thambirajah Gurukularajah, Minister of Education,Cultural Affairs,Sports,and Youth Affairs, Northern Provincial Council

Dr.Pathmanathan Sathiyalingam Minister of Health and Indigenous Medicine,Northern Provincial Council

M.Antony Jeyanathan Deputy Chairman, Northern Provincial Council

Dharmalingam Sithardthan Member of Northern Provincial Council [Former Member of Parliament, Sri Lanka]

Niththiyanantham Indrakumar Member of Eastern Provincial Council

Thavarajah Kalaiarasan Member of Eastern Provincial Council

Gnanamuththu Krishnapillai Member of Eastern Provincial Council [Former Member of Parliament, Sri Lanka]

Kumarasamy Nageswaran Member of Eastern Provincial Council

Rassiah Thuraireththinam Member of Eastern Provincial Council

AnanthySasitharan Member of Northern Provincial Council

PasupathyAriyaratnam Member of Northern Provincial Council

Balachandran Gayatheepan Member of Northern Provincial Council

Dr.Gnanaseelan Gunaseelan Member of Northern Provincial Council

Ramanathar lndirarajah Member of Northern Provincial Council

N.Vinthan Kanagaratnam, Member of Northern Provincial Council

Veerawahu Kanagasundraswamy Member of Northern Provincial Council

Mary Kamala Kunaseelan Member of Northern Provincial Council

G.Thamotharampillai Linganathan, Member of Northern Provincial Council

Ariyakutty Paramsothy, Member of Northern Provincial Council

Subramaniam Pasupathipillai, Member of Northern Provincial Council

M.Thiyaka Rajah, Member of Northern Provincial Council

Kesavan Sayanthan, Member of Northern Provincial Council

S.Primus Siraiva, Member of Northern Provincial Council

Dr.Sivapragasam Sivamohan, Member of Northern Provincial Council

Velupillai Sivayogan, Member of Northern Provincial Council

Santhralingam Suhirthan, Member of Northern Provincial Council

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