Former Sri Lankan President Gothabaya Arrested Under Universal Jurisdiction Over Tamil Massacre-TGTE Urge Singapore

Gothabaya Rajapakse

“The UN has urged states to act against Sri Lankan war crimes suspects – under the principles of universal jurisdiction.” Video: https://www.youtube.com/watchv=3aBLl_M3z40

Several rallies outside Singapore embassies calling for Gothabaya’s arrest are being held in Malaysia, India, the UK, the US, Canada and elsewhere.

— Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE)

NEW YORK, USA, July 15, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ —

The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE)* has urged the Singapore government to arrest former Sri Lankan President Gothabaya Rajapakse under universal jurisdiction for the massacre of Tamils ​​and the rape of hundreds of Tamil women and girls.

Former Sri Lankan President Gothabaya Rajapakse fled his country after massive protests and now in Singapore. Several rallies outside Singapore embassies calling for Gothabaya’s arrest are being held in Malaysia, India, the UK, the US, Canada and elsewhere.

According to the UN, between 40 and 70,000 Tamils ​​were killed in six months while Gothabaya was defense secretary. Hundreds of Tamil women and girls were raped and thousands of Tamils ​​including babies and children disappeared during his time.
** Video: Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aBLl_M3z40

Nearly 12 years after the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war, there are still no accountability for serious crimes that the UN says constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet told the UN Human Rights Council. on February 24 that the UN had not lived up to its preventive role in Sri Lanka.

“She reiterated her previous calls on Member States to ‘investigate and prosecute ‘the perpetrators of human rights abuses in Sri Lanka’ within their jurisdictions, under accepted principles of extraterritorial or universal jurisdiction”.

“The principle of universal jurisdiction provides for the jurisdiction of a State over crimes against international law even when the crimes did not occur on the territory of that State and neither the victim nor the perpetrator are nationals of that State. The principle allows national courts of third countries to combat international crimes committed abroad, to hold perpetrators criminally responsible and to prevent impunity”.

The civil war in Sri Lanka lasted about 25 years, pitting the Sinhalese majority against the Tamils. The conflict ended with a massive assault in 2009, in which tens of thousands of Tamil civilians were killed and hundreds of Tamil women and girls were raped. Current President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who was chief of defense at the time, is widely believed to be the man who ordered the final assault.

** Video: Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aBLl_M3z40

ADDITIONAL IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

Tamils ​​on the island of Sri Lanka faced repeated massacres in 1958, 1977 and 1983 and the 2009 massacres prompted UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to appoint a panel of experts to report on the scale of the massacres.

According to the UN internal review report on Sri Lanka, more than 70,000 Tamils ​​were killed in six months in early 2009 and Tamil women were sexually assaulted and raped by Sri Lankan security forces.

In February 2017, the International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP) handed the UN details of “rape camps” run by the Sri Lankan military, where Tamil women are held as “sex slaves “. Also, according to the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office report of April 2013, there are over 90,000 Tamil war widows in Sri Lanka.

Thousands of Tamils ​​have disappeared, including babies and children. The United Nations Working Group on Enforced Disappearances said in 2020 that the second highest number of cases of enforced disappearances worldwide came from Sri Lanka.

According to this UN report, the killings and other abuses that took place constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity. Independent experts believe that some elements of these abuses constitute an act of genocide.

Members of the Sri Lankan security forces are almost exclusively from the Sinhalese community and the victims are all from the Tamil community.

Tamils ​​voted overwhelmingly in a parliamentary election in 1977 to establish an independent and sovereign country called Tamil Eelam. This parliamentary election was conducted by the Sri Lankan government.

*ABOUT THE TRANSNATIONAL GOVERNMENT OF TAMIL EELAM (TGTE):

The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) is a democratically elected government of over one million strong Tamils ​​(from the island of Sri Lanka) living in several countries around the world.

TGTE was formed after the massacre of Tamils ​​by the Sri Lankan government in 2009.

The TGTE has held internationally supervised elections three times among Tamils ​​around the world to elect 135 MPs. It has two houses of parliament: the House of Representatives and the Senate as well as a Cabinet.

TGTE is campaigning to realize the political aspirations of the Tamils ​​through peaceful, democratic and diplomatic means and its Constitution stipulates that it should only achieve its political goals through peaceful means. It is based on the principles of nation, homeland and self-determination.

TGTE calls on the international community to hold accountable the perpetrators of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide against the Tamil people. TGTE is calling for a referendum to decide the political future of Tamils.

The Prime Minister of TGTE is Mr. Visuvanathan Rudrakamaran, a lawyer based in New York.

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