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UN Human Rights Chief Urged to Visit Jaffna University & Secure the Release of Students: TGTE

• Students were arrested for peacefully remembering those killed by the Security forces.

• So far, Tamils did not receive any justice for these killings; at least Tamils should have the right to mourn those killed.

• High Commissioner was urged to visit women's hostels and talk to the women students about the attack inside their hostels by the security forces.

/EINPresswire.com/ - PARIS: December 10, 2012: -

-- UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem Pillay was urged by the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) to visit the Jaffna University during her future trip to the Island of Sri Lanka.

Mr. Mahinthan Sivasubramaniam, TGTE's Minister for Prisoners of War and IDPs, made this appeal in a letter to the High Commissioner and urged her to secure the release of University students and other Tamils who were arrested by the Sri Lankan forces for peacefully remembering those who were killed by the Sri Lankan Security forces.

"I am writing to bring to your attention about the deteriorating human rights situation in Jaffna in the island of Sri Lanka and urge you to take urgent steps to bring protection to the Tamil population in that island" said Mr. Mahinthan Sivasubramaniam in his letter.

The letter highlighted Sri Lankan Security Forces long history of committing serious human rights abuses against Tamils, including executions, abductions, disappearances, rape and secret detentions. "UN Panel of Experts on Sri Lanka documented that tens of thousands of Tamils were killed in five months in 2009 and recommended an international commission of inquiry" said the letter.

The letter urged High Commissioner Pillay to:

1) Take urgent steps to secure the release of those taken into custody for their peaceful act to remember those killed by the Security forces. While so far, Tamils did not receive any justice for these killings, at least Tamils should have the right to mourn those killed.

2) Visit Jaffna University, during her future trip to Sri Lanka, and to meet the students and faculty to assess the situation.

3) Visit women's dormitories and talk to the women students about the attack inside their dormitories by the security forces.

"I am writing to urge you to pay immediate attention to prevent a repeat of what happened in 2009, when tens of thousands of Tamils were killed and Tamil women were sexually assaulted and raped by the Sri Lankan Security Forces" concludes the letter.

For info contact: Mr. Mahinthan Sivasubramaniam,
Minister for Prisoners of War and IDPs:Phone (France): + (33) 622-13-1883; Email: s.mahinthan@tgte.org

About Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE):

Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) was created in the aftermath of the bloody end of Sri Lanka's war; resulting tens of thousands of Tamil civilians were killed and sexually assaulted by the Sri Lankan security forces. UN documented war crimes and recommended an International Commission of Inquiry.

Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) is a democratically elected government of the Tamil Diaspora of Sri Lanka. Its actions are non-violent, democratic and diplomatic.

It held internationally supervised elections in twelve countries to elect Members of Parliament (MPs). These MPs drafted and ratified a Constitution and elected a Prime Minister, a Cabinet and a Speaker.

Web: www.tgte-us.org and www.en.naathamnews.com