Tamil groups in Tamil Nadu the State will observe March 4 as “Solidarity Day for Eelam” in support of the US-backed draft resolution against Sri Lanka that is set to be tabled in the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.

At a press conference here on Saturday, Makkal Nalvazhvu Iyyakam Coordinator, Gana Kurinji, said even after the US-backed resolution in the rights forum last year, which wanted Sri Lanka to implement the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), the Mahinda Rajapaksa government had failed do anything positive on this front.

He said that on March 4, the organisation would hold black flag protests in all district headquarters condemning the Sri Lanka government for its anti-Tamil activities.

The Sri Lankan Deputy High Commission would also be besieged. Further, the day-long protests would demand the Indian government to support the resolution in the UNHRC, he said.

However, Kurunji said a draft of the US resolution, titled ‘Promoting Reconciliation and Accountability in Sri Lanka’, which had been “unofficially” circulated in Geneva, only reiterated implementing the recommendations of the LLRC.

But, it also accused that the “National Action Plan” did not adequately address all of the findings in the LLRC. It noted that the “LLRC’s report does not adequately address serious allegations of violations of international law”.

Tamil Desiya Iyyakam leader Pazha Nedumaran said that the stress on the need for an independent international inquiry into the alleged war crimes had gained more support given that the the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navinetham Pillay, had called for an international probe into the matter. MDMK leader Vaiko was present at the press briefing.


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