President Obama Urged to delist LTTE in the US

“The European Union’s top court took a step on September 2016, towards confirming the removal of the Tamil Tigers from an EU terrorism blacklist, despite protestations from the Sri Lankan government. The Sri Lankan government had said in 2014 that it would provide the evidence which the EU court found lacking to support sanctions against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Judges of the General Court ruled that EU leaders relied too heavily on media reports rather than their own investigations,” Tamils for Obama said.Tamils for Obama urged the US President to be reasonable to Tamils and de-list the LTTE and not punish the victims. (Colombo Gazette) Tamils for Obama said that the LTTE is now defunct and no LTTE activities have been reported over the last seven years. “There is no reason to keep them on the list. It was a mistake by the Bush administration to support the Sri Lankan genocidal war against the innocent Tamils. Tamils say it was his Karma,” Tamils for Obama said. US President Barack Obama has been urged to de-list the LTTE in the US. A Tamil diaspora group in the US, Tamils for Obama, said that many Tamils are suffering because of the listing of the LTTE.“Because of the listing of Tamil Tigers, it creates pain for many US Tamils when they travel to abroad and when they return to US. They have to go through many hours of interrogation. Some US Tamils have asked us to convince President Obama to help us by removing Tamil Tigers from the list. Obama can give Tamils a little relief by de-listing the Tamil Tiger during this Christmas and giving season,” Tamils for Obama said. read more

UN refugee agency praises Italy for allowing three dozen refugees to disembark

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) praised Rome for placing humanitarian considerations first, rather than maintaining the impasse that has developed in recent weeks.The Cap Anamur, which is operated by the German aid agency of the same name, was allowed to dock at a port in Sicily yesterday, three weeks after the ship picked up 37 Africans whose boat was stranded in the Mediterranean Sea.Briefing reporters in Geneva, UNHCR spokesman Rupert Colville said the origin of the rescued people was not clear – initial reports said the group were Sudanese, but reports from Italy yesterday indicated they were from Ghana and Nigeria.Mr. Colville said UNHCR staff in Sicily are monitoring the situation and attempting to contact the refugees, who are being held at a centre on the island, to find out more about their situation.Some of the group made asylum claims while on the Cap Anamur, but Mr. Colville said UNHCR was unsure whether any of them were claiming asylum in Italy. read more