|Over Vakarai massacre
US Tamil expatriates condemn GOSL
By Mendaka Abeysekera in New
The Sri Lankan Tamil expatriates living in the United States,
have urged the international community to intervene in Sri
Lankan peace process and condemn what they call the “brutal,
inhuman actions of the Sri Lankan government.”
Tamil organizations in the US issued a joint press release last
week calling upon the international community to impose a
moratorium on military assistance to the Government of Sri Lanka
(GOSL) and take tough action against the Vakarai massacre.
Association of Tamil Americans, Illankai Tamil Sangam –
California, Illankai Tamil Sangam – Florida, Illankai Tamil
Sangam – USA ,Ilankai Tamil Sangam- Houston, Texas, Ohio Tamil
Association , Tamil Refugees Rehabilitation Organization ,
California Tamil Youth Organization - USA ,Tamil Welfare and
Human Rights Committee – District of Columbia, World Tamil Women
Organization – USA and World Tamil Coordinating Committee – USA,
issued this joint press release.
They expressed condemnation over killing of at least 65
internally displaced people (IDPs) who were seeking shelter in a
school in Vakarai.
Tamil organizations stated that they are also saddened by the
international community’s lack of moral courage to condemn these
brutal and inhuman actions of the Sri Lankan government.
They also urged the co-chairs of the peace process to explore
modalities that will allow the peoples on the island of Sri
Lanka to live with dignity, to determine their political and
economic future without interference, and to ensure regional
The Nation learns that Sri Lankan Tamil expatriate groups try to
pressure the US authorities to take bold action against the
government of Sri Lanka, through newly elected Democratic
Congressmen like Danny K. Davis, who visited the LTTE’s
Political Headquarters in Kilinochchi and met LTTE leaders in
A significant number of Democratic party politician’s have been
openly supporting for Sri Lankan Tamil rights and demands.
At last mid term elections, anti LTTE Sri Lankans failed to
unseat pro LTTE Congressman Danny K. Davis, the Democratic
Congressman from Illinois but they were jubilant on their strong
supporter, New York Congressman Vito Fossella’s success.
Congressman Danny K. Davis, who visited the LTTE’s Political
Headquarters in Kilinochchi and met LTTE leaders in April 2005,
won his Illinois 7th District seat by a comfortable margin.
Comparing to year 2004, the last election results, Danny
K. Davis, the Democratic Congressman failed to increase his vote
bank and came down by 90,000 odd votes.