UN supervised referendum for Eelam Tamils sought

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Rudrakumaran TGTEA group of diaspora organisations are to seek a UN supervised referendum for Eelam Tamils to express their political aspirations.

The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam, the International Council of Eelam Tamils and the International Tamil Youth Organisation have in a joint statement noted that Tamils the world over continue to breathe the thoughts and dreams of a free Tamil Eelam.

The joint statement said: “We have entered the 40th year since the people of Tamil Eelam proclaimed to the world their deeply held political aspirations through the Vaddukoddai Resolution in 1976, based on the principles of homeland, nationhood and the right to self-determination. The essence of the Resolution declared on 14 May 1976 under the leadership of the late S.J.V Chelvanayagam was the enunciation by Tamils that, in view of their long maligned experiences, they could no longer live under the hegemonic rule of a Sinhala Buddhist State. In the subsequent General Elections of 1977, the Tamil people gave a clear mandate for the Resolution by electing all candidates who stood behind it. That mandate by the people lives in their spirit forty years on.

The introduction of the draconian Sixth Amendment to the Constitution in 1983, which denied people their freedom of expression and criminalised the advocacy of a separate state of Tamil Eelam, has removed today the political space for Tamils to express their true political aspirations. However, through exercising the inherent right of all Nations to self-determination according to universal law, Eelam Tamils continue to claim their right to self-rule.

Despite the efforts of Sri Lanka and its apparatus of state terrorism through the genocidal war unleashed in Mullivaaikaal to suppress the Tamil people’s thirst for freedom, Tamils the world over continue to breathe the thoughts and dreams of a free Tamil Eelam. The events of Mullivaaikaal have only reaffirmed how unfeasible it is for the Tamil people to exist within a Sinhala Buddhist State structure.

It is not an accident that there is convergence in the efforts of the Sinhala rulers to convert their military wins claimed through a war into political capital, and the attention paid by international State actors in consolidating the regime change in Sri Lanka built according to their own interests.

It is also remarkable that this year marks a confrontation between the 40th anniversary of the Vaddukoddai Resolution which is an expression of the political aspirations of the Eelam Tamil people, and the efforts of the Sinhala rulers to address the constitution itself in the name of solving the Tamil National question. Meanwhile, Tamils in the homeland have their everyday existence curtailed by the heavy military presence, and the space for expression of their political aspirations completely denied under the Sixth Amendment.

Under these circumstances, prudence dictates that we emphasise the significance of holding a UN supervised referendum for Eelam Tamils to express their political aspirations; and we, as Tamils in the homeland, the Diaspora, Tamil Nadu and indeed as World Tamils, come together to take on strategic action that is mutually reinforcing our political work.

It is with this in mind that the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam, the International Council of Eelam Tamils and the International Tamil Youth Organisation have chosen to work together on projects which shall bolster the Vaddukoddai Resolution in this 40th anniversary year, and take it forward in all its dimensions with vigour towards our political goals. As a unified expression of the immense significance of this the 40th year of the Vaddukoddai Resolution, we have designed a special logo that shall be adopted by us all.

With solidarity and fellowship, we call upon all Tamil organisations and movements founded on the principles of the Vaddukoddai Resolution to come forward and work together on this momentous occasion”. (Colombo Gazette)

25 COMMENTS

  1. It is nice to see all these comments and lots writing in Tamil names- whoever you are.

    Today the Sri Lankan government in its game box has taken the constitution trying to show the world we are for a change. If its a true change if the state of sri lanka wants change its time to wipe out the constitution of sri lanka and write a new one in which its should say ALL PEOPLE LIVING IN THIS ISLAND IS EQUAL IN RIGHTS. NO RELIGION WILL DOMINATE THE STATE AND ANY ONE EVEN A NON BUDDHIST CAN BECOME PRESIDENT.

    THERE WILL BE TOTAL FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION.

    CAN THE STATE OF SRI LANKA DO THIS.

    secondly if the state is genuine in reconciliation why there should be 150000 armed forces in the north holding the tamil peoples land. why are political prisonniers still in prison.

    SRI LANKA ARE SIGNIES OF SEVERAL INTERNATIONAL TREATIES IS IT READY TO RESPECT ALL ITS TREATIES.

    FOR THOSE ASKING TAMILS TO GO TO TAMILNADU- SHOULD I SAY ALL SINHALESE TO GO BACK TO ORISSA AND TELL YOU THE TOTAL ISLAND IS TAMILS LAND.

    WE ARE NOT EITHER FOOLISH AND STUPID.

    WE WILL BE READY TO STAY IN OUR PART OF LAND IF YOU KNOW HOW TO RESPECT PEOPLE.

    WRITING FOOLISH THINKS WILL SURE MAKE THE TAMILS TO SAY IT HAS BEEN 40 YEARS SINCE THIS DECLARATION WAS MADE AND IT WILL BE ALIVE TILL THE SINHALESE PEOPLE REALISE AND UNDERSTAND HOW TO RESPECT AND LIVE TOGETHER IN THEIR OWNS LANDS RATHER THAN TAKEN OTHER PEOPLES LAND AND NOT KNOWING HOW TO RESPECT EACH OTHER.

  2. Has Rudrakumaran given up the true Tamil homeland, which is “Tamilnadu” in India with over over 60million Tamils?
    Is Rudrakumaran trying to brush over the fact that the North and East were never parts of a mythical Tamil homeland in Sri Lanka?
    Is Rudrakumaran afraid to admit that the British created provinces, with absolutely no bearing to ethnic or religious composition of people residing in those regions?
    In fact the east had over 90% Sinhalese residents before they were evicted or forced to leave by colonising these areas with migrants from India. This crime was partially resolved by allowing Sinhalese to go back to their traditional homeland in the East, after Sri lanka gained independence. However the LTTE terrorists and separatist politicians are trying to repeat what the British did.

  3. We realized that our brother had managed to get inside the gate but he had lost half of his body below the hip … He was still alive……….
    We have suffered a lot for 30 years, we lost over 50 000 lives both sides. Now we need support to stand on us own, don’t want to have another situation where we have to run away overnight, get out the house, leave everything behind. We want our children to be protected, and want their education to go on without interruption.
    Anyway it war is finished…. no need for ever…. we are kindly appreciate their Nobel service of Mahinda Rajapaksha & Defense Secretary. as well as government military forces.
    If necessary UN or any other diplomatic can kill them all as you wish. Because he done their duty to the country. We have to plan our future. We have no time to wary about war crimes & crimes against humanity during the war. The other hand we don’t have time to look after past president or government military forces. now we have to reading to go so far… because of it has finished the war.

  4. Please don’t miss your
    Schizophrenia medicine

    After taken the meds focus really
    Hard and try to understand
    this simple logic
    Sri Lankan Tamils elected
    TNA to have their problems solved
    And TNA is saying Sri Lankan Tamils
    Don’t demand Tamil Eelam

    You are demanding Tamil Elam
    For Tamil diaspora ,they elected you
    Represent them

    Are we clear so far?

    Then isn’t it very logical ,you Demand a Tamil Eelam
    Where ever the Eelam Tamils majority
    Diaspora are living ?

    To my knowledge that is CANDA

    It is just driving distance , for you
    And the UN
    You can take mr Bankie Moon
    With you in you car !

  5. I have this wierd but happy feeling that once again… a good number of “Tamils” would be evaporated in the direction of “Tamil Elaam” by “Tamils” themselves.

    This all “Tamil” high is an incurable mental condition. Any “Tamil” looking foraward to that exciting trip, please raise hand.

  6. As a foreigner and a complete outsider as regards Sri Lankan politics one thing strikes me as being rather strange regarding Sinhalese attitudes. If as they all say, only a small minority of Tamils want their own homeland, what’s the problem with a referendum. Surely this will prove conclusively there is no demand for it. Could it be perhaps they are frightened that the opposite is the case and they don’t wish the Tamils to have their rights under the UN charters.

    • Try having a referendums for all minorities in all countries to see what the results could be.
      Have elections for minorities in India, Turkey, USA, Israel, Fiji, China, Canada, France, Spain, Australia, South Africa etc etc

      Certainly it is a power hungry minority who has nothing to lose in someone else’s country, that wants a separate state but if a referendum is held, then, the majority could blindly vote for a separate state, believing they’ll be better off economically. This would only complicate matters for all concerned and a referendum would be a stupid step to take

  7. I go by the World Bank and Sri Lanka Government Census and Statistics: There are 11% ethnic Tamils living in Sri Lanka; the 5.5% of Tamils of Recent Indian Origin (Plantation workers) are a separate group altogether; out of this 11% Tamils, 54% Tamils are domiciled outside the North-East Region among the Sinhalese in the south; of the entire population of Sri Lanka, only 8.6% live in the north.

    Then about the 1976 Vadukkodai Resolution: the TULF wanted a mandate for a separate independent Tamil state at the July 1977 parliamentary election under the Vaddukkodai Resolution. The July parliamentary election results for the Northern and Eastern Districts are very clear that the combined North-East never gave a mandate, that is over 50%, for the independent Tamil Nation call. Anyone can go through the statistics. The overseas Tamil Diaspora activists like Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran – who were giving Material Support in the form of legal counseling, raising funds and even advocating the procurement of arms to sustain the LTTE – are now on a Global Diplomatic Mission with pasive support of the US State Department and EU nations to FIRST – de-legitimize the Sri Lankan state globally, TWO – to have the UN intervention to have a referendum and THIRD – to bifurcate Prabhakaran could not realize until his organization was DOMESTICALLY annihilated in May 2009. I say DOMESTICALLY because the task of bifurcating the country has fallen in the hand of the operatives within the Tamil Diaspora. The Rajapaksa administration was partly responsible for allowing the operatives within the Tamil Diaspora to become the ‘VOICE OF THE TAMILS’ because of internationalizing the domestic issue and going on ‘Triumphalism’ soon after the defeat of the Tigers. The Sirisena-Wickremasinghe administration has now fallen under the spell of the Americans who have given fillip to the operatives within the Tamil Diaspora to go on the trajectory that Prabhakaran failed.

    DAYA GAMAGE/ASIAN TRIBUNE

  8. Go back to your bunker Rudra or go and help the orphans which you have created in vanni.
    you live in Queens New York with all the comfort ,and you are a self appointed minister
    go and rule your neighbour people like karuna and kamal

  9. When most of the Tamils are living in other parts of the country (Sri Lanka) peacefully, you idiots are the cause for disharmony and cause of destruction to a majority of Tamils living peacefully in Sri Lanka. Go to Tamil Nadu and ask for a separate state rather than trying to divide this small beautiful country. Your group and selfish ploticians in Sri Lanka are the biggest threat to peace loving people in Sri Lanka. Instead of spending millions of dollars for lobbing groups, please help the innocent Tamils live in all part of Sri Lanka to come out of poverty that resulted in due to your terrorist activities during past 30 years.
    Also, go to Tamil Nadu and provide at least toilets to your fellow Tamils rather than spreading hatred and disharmony. The disruption and massive damages resulted from your terrorists activities will cause you suffering during this life.

    • Not sure you are actually a Tamil. But Sri Lanka needs people like you with such peaceful views so this ex-Terrorist carders cannot destroy the harmony and peace in Sri Lanka. We are happy to see an organisation appearing within your own people who can comment and resist such vicious and separatist comments.

  10. This coward man is a racist despite his profession as lawyer , he is a terrorist. He doesn’t care about peaceful environment that prevail in the country and the democratic reforms that taking place but just cry for same cause that LTTE demand. We all accept and understand the injustice that caused by the war for all and it is our responsibility to address the grievances without delay.. But what this man is trying to do is sabotage all the process that initiated by the present govt. and going to give arms for other racist groups. US must arrest him and deport him to where he came from. If he want to have a separate land for Tamils all over the world, he have to go to South India or Tamilnadu to fulfil his aspirations.It is not allowed in Sri Lanka at any cost. Dont think our patience as a weakness.

  11. If UN is in support of this demand, then it has a lot of work ahead. Similarly, TamiNadu and other states like Punjab, Sikkim, Nagaland and also Kashmir people should be allowed to have similar referendums. They can’t stop at Sri Lanka.

  12. I am a Tamil and represent a number of us that don’t live in srilanka, and have many friends who do live there. Please don’t speak for us as we don’t believe in Eelam. This is just a thought of a few minority Tamils. The majority of us support a free Srilanka for all races to live in peace. So please don’t instigate an issue based on the greed of a few. Let’s support the initiatives and people to uplift all people in srilanka equally and speak out against anyone who tries to be divisive.

  13. Why don’t you focus your aspirations to set up the Free Tamil Elam in Tamil Nadu where you have about seventy million Tamils. Sri-Lankan diaspora headed by self seeking ungrateful people also can join them.
    2015 general elections, Tamils in the North and East have clearly given their mandate that they are no more interested in this Tamil Elam and this fact had been clearly indicated by Mr Sampanthan recently.You diaspora leaders who are enjoying the best of both worlds please allow the present day leaders to resolve this issue that had been the plague in our country since Independance, and allow the people both in the south and the north to enjoy the peace and prosperity that can be ushered in without your selfish intervention.
    Weragoda

    • Where did you get the idea that the voted and gave a mandate for this huh !!
      either you are oblivious or stupid…
      The voting patterns speaks for itself
      Why did the N&E vote en-block for SF the first time and the 2nd time for MS….
      Think man think

      • At the last elections held in Sri Lanka as well as in India, all those extremist Tamil politicians who campaigned for separatism were thoroughly defeated.
        This might be what Keerthi Weragoda meant. The average Tamil is ready to live as equals, whether in Sri Lanka, Canada, Australia, UK, USA or anywhere else. However, it is Sri Lanka that has given Tamils true equality, unlike in the other countries I have mentioned.

  14. “how unfeasible it is for the Tamil people to exist within a Sinhala Buddhist State structure.”
    Accepted but you folk are part and parcel of this infeasibility- it takes 2 to tango..
    The international ramifications of another police state would be the biggest hurdle.
    The IC in particular is going to look at it from the point of view of the `partition` of India the unresolved wars etc. India would not want 2 more warring nations down south where its sea powers are lacking.

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