>>PROGRESS REPORT on UN HRC Resolution 30/1
USTPAC Calls for Autonomous NorthEast Region for Tamils within Sri Lanka
Genuine efforts on Confidence-Building Measures and Constitution-Making offer best chance for peace in Sri Lanka
Washington, DC January 24, 2017:
- US Tamil Political Action Council (USTPAC) calls on the Sri Lankan government to meaningfully implement UNHRC Resolution 30/1, move the transitional justice process forward, and solve the debilitating ethnic crisis through political reform.
The new constitution that is being created provides an opportunity to resolve the decades old ethnic conflict in the island that must not be squandered as many such opportunities have been in the past. The constitution must recognize the right of Tamils to self-governance, including in areas of education, land, police, taxation and foreign direct investments. The recognition of the North and East of the island as historically the homeland of the Tamils must be preserved, as denoted in the 1987 Indo-Lanka Accord.>>
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Working with many organizations at UNHRC, and helped pass resolution calling for justice, equity, accountability and reconciliation and assuring Sri Lanka stays on international agenda.
54 co-sponsors on US House Resolution 177 – calling for an independent international investigation of war crimes and crimes against humanity & a new US policy.
Senate Resolution 84 – passed unanimously calling for international investigation.
5 or more One Minute Speeches on Tamil issues in Congress 2010, 2011, 2012.