A former LTTE member has held a conference in the US on behalf of the self proclaimed Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) where he announced the declaration of the ‘Tamil Eelam Freedom Charter; in the presence of several supporters.
A press statement by the TGTE said that Tamil groups from around the world, coordinated by the TGTE, initiated the process of drafting the Freedom Charter, through extensive consultation from Tamils worldwide.
“Aspiring to take the Vaddukoddai Resolution forward as the TGTE moves towards realizing its goal, and taking inspiration from Britain’s Ma’gna Car’ta, the Freedom Charter of the African National Congress (ANC) as well as the Palestinian National Charter, the Tamil Eelam Freedom Charter will enshrine the freedom demands of the people,” the self proclaimed Prime Minister of the TGTE and former LTTE member Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran said.
The event was held in Lancaster (Pennsylvania, U.S.A) in the presence of a host of academics, Human Rights activists, legal luminaries, TGTE members, political pundits, and professionals from Norway, Australia, India and Italy.
A two day International academic conference exploring the means to realize the legitimate political aspirations of the Tamils of Eelam was held prior to the proclamation of the Freedom Charter, the TGTE statement said.
Professor Francis Boyle, a leading advocate for Freedom to the oppressed national communities was the resource person at this conference at which Prof. Josef Alkatout (Germany), Prof. Peter Schalk (Sweden), Prof. Manivannan (Chennai), Prof. Sornarajah (London), Dr. David Suntha (UK), Prof. David Matas (Canada), Prof. Frederic Fapanni (Switzerkland) Prof. Chandrakanthan (Canada), Dr. Paul Newman (Bangalore), Prof. Saraswathy (Chennai) and Prof. James Summer (UK) Prof. N. Sriskandarajah (Sweden), Dr. Brian Senaviratne (Australia), Mrs. Usha Sriskandarajah (Canada), Mr. V. Thankavelu (Canada), Dr. Nimmi Gowrinathan, (Canada) presented research papers on an array of topics related to the Conference theme.
Following the proclamation of the freedom charter Dr. Nuran Nabi a freedom fighter once considered the brain behind the Bangladesh Mukti Bahini, Dr. Ramsay Clark, former attorney General of the USA and Hon. Daniel Mayan from South Sudan (SPLM) reiterated their support to the freedom charter. (Colombo Gazette)