The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) has said that the Former UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide Adama Dieng will deliver the seventh Mullivaikal Memorial lecture.
In the press statement released by The Prime Minister of TGTE is Mr. Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran, it is said that,
Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) is pleased to announce that Former UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide Adama Dieng will deliver the seventh Mullivaikal Memorial lecture. His title of the speech is Sri Lanka: 12 years on victims of armed conflict still await justice and redress.
When: May 18 (Tuesday).
Time: New York: 2:00 PM – UK: 7:00 pm – EU: 8:00 pm
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The Memorial Lecture is named after the location called Mullivaikal, in the island of Sri Lanka, where according to the UN Internal Review Report around 70 thousand Tamils were killed in the final six months of the war that ended in May 2009.
The genocide committed against the Tamil Nation that unfolded in Mullivaikal has left an indelible mark on the psyche of the Tamil People. Thus, we feel that we must remember and learn from these terrible events because the fight for history is also a fight for the present day and indeed a fight for our people today. The “Mullivaikal Memorial Lecture” was inaugurated in the above context.
Ramsey Clark, Former US Attorney General delivered the Inaugural Lecture on May 18, 2015, and Alan Nairn who was instrumental in the independence of East Timor delivered the 2nd Memorial Lecture. The third Memorial Lecture was delivered by Dr. Alush Gashi who played a significant role in the independence of Kosovo. The fourth was delivered by renowned international lawyer Heather Ryan. Fifth by Mr. Ladu Jada Gubek, who played a major role in South Sudan’s Referendum that eventually led to the independence of that country, and the sixth lecture was delivered by former East Timor President and Nobel Laureate Jose Ramos-Horta.
TGTE has declared May 18 as the Tamil National Day of Mourning of the Tamil Nation.
“NO FIRE ZONE” ESTABLISHED BY THE GOVERNMENT WAS USED BY THE SECURITY FORCES TO TRAP TAMILS AND KILL THEM:
As the war was raging, Sri Lankan Government announced that it is setting up a place called “No Fire Zone” in an area called Mullivaikal and urged Tamils to assemble for safety and committed that the area designated as No Fire Zone will not be attacked.
Believing Government’s assurance Tens of thousands of Tamils assembled in this “No Fire Zone” for safety. As Tamils assembled in this area, Sri Lankan forces trapped them and continuously bombed and shelled this area. It also restricted food and medicine, resulting in several died of starvation and the injured bled to death due to lack of medicine. Sri Lankan Security forces also attacked internationally protected areas like hospitals food distribution centers.
Repeated appeals by the UN and several world leaders to stop the bombing and shelling of No Fire Zone were rejected by the Sri Lankan Government. Members of the Sri Lankan security forces are almost exclusively from the Sinhalese community and the victims are all from the Tamil community.