India’s DMK working president M K Stalin condemned attempts by “some Sri Lankan nationals” to attack MDMK chief Vaiko after he spoke about the “genocide” in northern Lanka at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).
“I condemn the incident in Geneva. I take objection to the way a person from India was treated by Sri Lankan nationals and this has led to it becoming a cause for concern. I request the Indian Government to condemn the incident,” Stalin said, the Deccan Chronicle reported.
Vaiko addressed the UNHRC meeting last week and accused the Sri Lankan Government of presiding over “genocide.” He also lamented about the lack of progress in investigations into the atrocities committed allegedly by the Sri Lankan army.
According to the New Indian Express, a group of Sinhalese encircled Vaiko after he concluded his address for the second time at the UNHRC.
A woman in the group yelled at Vaiko, saying that he was not a Sri Lankan Tamil to raise the Sri Lankan issue, said a statement from the party on Monday.
When Vaiko said he had the right to speak up for Sri Lankan Tamils with whom Tamil Nadu’s relations were intertwined, the men allegedly shouted at him, saying that rebel LTTE cadre were ruthless murderers and cut-throats, alleged the MDMK. The release said the Sri Lankan Tamils present at the venue felt that it was a deliberate attempt to stop Vaiko from attending the UNHRC session.
Earlier, Vaiko had expressed concern over the alleged torture of Tamils at the hands of the Sinhalese. He noted that about 1.46 lakh Tamils were killed till May 2009, and 90,000 women were rendered war widows.
The only way to protect the Tamils and ensure justice to them was to refer the issue to the UN General Assembly and recommending to constitute the International Criminal Court, Vaiko emphasised. (Colombo Gazette)