2ND LEAD (Adds photos)

Dormant diaspora rises up against US draft, demands genocide investigation, plebiscite

[TamilNet, Monday, 10 March 2014, 23:33 GMT]
In an unprecedented gathering after May 2009, around 10,000 diaspora Eezham Tamils gathered in Geneva on Monday demanding international investigations on genocide and a UN plebiscite on independent an sovereign Tamil Eelam. Disappointed with the discourse in Geneva and losing their trust in the pro-Establishment lobbyists, the Eezham Tamils have begun to rally behind the network of the grassroots organisations in Europe, that were hitherto silently watching the process. Dr Denis Halliday, the former assistant secretary-general of the United Nations, who was one of the judges at the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal (PPT) on Sri Lanka (Bremen Session) addressed the gathering.

Tamil protesters in Geneva
Tamil protesters in Geneva


Dr Denis Halliday addressing the protesters
Dr Denis Halliday addressing the protesters
The recent PPT verdict had found the Sri Lankan State guilty of the crime of genocide and on-going genocide. It has also found the UK and the USA, that were aiding and abetting the Sri Lankan State for decades were found complicit in the genocide.

In the meantime, the draft resolution being circulated at the UN Human Rights Council, framed by USA, UK, Montenegro, FYR of Macedonia and Mauritius, didn’t seek a Commission of Inquiry (CoI), disappointing even the pro-Establishment lobbyists in the Tamil diaspora.

Tamil protesters in Geneva
The draft resolution has called upon the Sri Lankan State to conduct an independent and credible investigation while harping on Office of the Human Rights High Commissioner (OHCHR) investigation into “alleged violations and abuses of human rights and related crimes by both parties in Sri Lanka.”

Following the disappointing discourse in Geneva, the Tamils in Europe mobilised to place their demand in clear terms in front of the UN office at Geneva.

3,000 Tamils from Switzerland, 3,000 from Germany, 2,500 from France, 650 from UK and hundreds of Tamils from other countries such as Italy, The Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden and Norway took part in the protest.

The protesters carried Tamil Eelam flags and portraits of LTTE leader V. Pirapaharan.

Grassroots activists have been waging a campaign visiting various countries Europe mobilizing the masses and addressing the solidarity groups in various countries of Europe. The project, named ‘Tamil Van’ was concluded on Monday at the rally in Geneva.

Tamil protesters in Geneva
Tamil protesters in Geneva


Tamil Youth Organisation (TYO) branches from all the countries in Europe with significant Tamil population also took a prominent role in the protest organised by the Tamil Coordinating Committees (TCC) from across the European countries.

A Norwegian politician showing solidarity with Tamils and a film director from Tamil Nadu also addressed the gathering at Geneva.

Tamil protesters in Geneva
Tamil protesters in Geneva


Tamil protesters in Geneva
Tamil protesters in front of UN office at Geneva on 10 March 2014
Tamil protesters in Geneva
Tamil protesters in Geneva


Chronology:

 

Latest 15 Reports
14.10.19 23:48   Photo
Tamil parties in North-East stipulate ‘acid test’ terms to SL presidential candidates
13.10.19 22:15   Photo
SL Governor's latest land grab poses danger to archaeological traces of Eezham Tamils
12.10.19 22:23   Photo
Monks step up campaign against Muslims, want to carve out Sinhala colony in Ampaa'rai
11.10.19 22:07   Photo
Vote for Self-Determination, reject major candidates for more effective boycott
10.10.19 23:31   Photo
SL Police intensifies restrictions on Saiva devotees at disputed ‘chaitya’ hilltop in East
09.10.19 20:17  
Indian Coast Guard trespassed into waters off Jaffna, 18 fishers detained since 03 October
08.10.19 18:43  
Divisional Secretary, TNA MPs must act to release Chegnchoalai lands: civil activist
07.10.19 23:12   Photo
Heinous act by HRCSL: former orphans of Chegnchoalai on the brink of losing lands
06.10.19 12:21  
EPDP joins Jaffna protest against desecration of Neeraaviyadi temple
05.10.19 22:06  
Families inheriting lands from parents refused of land registration in Moothoor East
04.10.19 21:50  
SL Archaeology, Police continue to disturb Tamils’ right to worship at Vedukku-naa'ri hilltop
03.10.19 19:16  
Raghavan plans to distribute uncultivatable lands to Tamils to compensate for loss of fertile lands
02.10.19 22:28   Photo
No place for human rights in China’s white paper for future world
01.10.19 18:26  
Genocidal Sri Lanka hits back at UN, claims it passed ‘litmus test’ on human rights in 2019
30.09.19 20:49  
SL military, police, traders, exert pressure on civil authorities in Mannaar to alienate lands
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=37091