February 27, 2014
Re: UNHRC Resolution
Secretary of State John Kerry
US State Department
2201 C St., NW
Washington, DC 20520
Dear Secretary Kerry,
We at Tamils for Obama would like to thank the US State Department for raising and passing two resolutions at the UNHRC in support of justice and historical truth in Sri Lanka and an expected resolution calling for an international investigation into Sri Lanka's deeds in the 2009 ethnic civil war.
We urge the US to call for a referendum in the northeast of Sri Lanka similar to the one conducted in South Sudan. We concur with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa that the Sri Lankan Tamils who were driven out of the country by GOSL oppression should be permitted to vote in this referendum.
The referendum must be part of this UNHRC resolution, and must include choice of government. This is every people's democratic right: to choose their government and the kind of country in which they will live. This is a US principle, going all the way back to the Declaration of Independence, and we want it for the Tamils.
The GOSL reacts with cruelty and violence whenever they are opposed, and their cruelty and violence are usually directed at the Tamils. A way to protect the Tamils from GOSL retribution must be found, and must be included in the UNHRC resolution.
Tamils for Obama