TNA leader, Rajavarothayam Sampanthan, though expected to travel to Geneva had decided against travelling and remained in London. Both Sampanthan and Sumanthiran had travelled to London to attend the third anniversary sessions of the Global Tamil Forum held in a building in the British Parliament.
The high profile event gave the GTF propaganda mileage ahead of the UNHRC sessions. There, among other matters, Sumanthiran said, â€œThe recent impeachment of the Chief Justice through a process that was declared to be unconstitutional by the Supreme Court demonstrates the extent to which the rule of law has broken down in Sri Lanka.
The apparent disregard for democratic ideals and to the values and principles of the Commonwealth as regards Latimer House principles, which Sri Lanka is bound by, clearly demonstrates the authoritarian and dictatorial nature of the present regime.â€