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US Urged to Deny Sri Lanka President Entry

TGTE Urges US to deny Sri Lanka President Entry; Like it denied entry to Kurt Waldheim
/EINPresswire.com/ Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) citing § 212(a)(3)(E)(ii)  and  §  212(a)(3)(E)(iii) of the US Immigration and Nationality Act appealed to the United States Government to not to allow Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse to visit the United States for committing torture, war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide against the Tamil people.

The appeal also cites an earlier incident in 1987, when United States denied entry to Kurt Waldheim to attend the United Nations on the ground that he participated in Nazi sponsored persecution. Waldheim, who was elected president of Austria in 1986, had staunchly denied any wrong doing.

This appeal was made in a letter to US Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano by TGTE's Minister for the Investigation of Genocide, War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity DeLuxon Morris.

That letter highlighted the details of the United Nations Panel report which documented abuses by the Sri Lanka Security forces, under the command of President Mahinda Rajapakse. UN Report alleged that around 40,000 people and women were sexually assaulted and more than140,000 people are unaccounted for. It further alleged that these abuses constitutes War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity and Genocide.

The letter argues that the diplomatic immunity did not extend to covering war criminals and those committed genocide and crimes against humanity. It cites the International Criminal Court's arrest warrant issued against the sitting president of Sudan and the 2008 Italian court decision Ferrini v. Federal Republic of Germany, 11-03-2004 - Corte di Cassazione: Sentenza No. 5044 denying diplomatic immunity for perpetrators of genocide.

The letter states that Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa's presence in the United States, especially after the publication of the U.N. Report, adversely affects the United States' efforts to see that justice and accountability emerge in the island of Sri Lanka.  It concludes that his presence in the U.S. is an affront to the ideals and values on which this Nation stands.   

Attached, please find the letter:

Contact: +44-794-002-0758 or d.morris@tgte.org,

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