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Selvi J.Jayalalithaa, Chief Minister of Tamilnadu


Respected Madam, 

The Tamilnadu Assembly on June 8, 2011 passed a special resolution demanding that the Indian Government take action to get all those responsible for large-scale civilian deaths, during the Sri Lankan civil war, declared as ‘war criminals' by the United Nations.The resolution, passed unanimously, also demanded economic sanctions against the island nation to pressure the country into giving equal status and dignity to Tamils. It demanded that the Indian government impress on the United Nations that the perpetrators of all such crimes be designated as ‘war criminals' and that the Union government should take steps, along with other countries, to impose economic sanctions on Sri Lanka until all Tamils now staying in camps in Sri Lanka are rehabilitated in their own land and given an opportunity to lead a life of dignity with rights equal to those of the Sinhalese.

  On 21.02.2013 Stepping up your campaign against the Sri Lankan government after the emergence of what appeared to be new evidence of war crimes cold-blooded killing of Balachandran, son of LTTE chief V. Prabakaran, terming it an “inhuman act”, You announced that the State would not host the 20th Asian Athletics Championships to be held here in July 2013 stating in a statement that the participation of Sri Lankan athletes would hurt the feelings of Tamils.

Now Between 3rd April to 26th May'2013, 13 Srilankan Cricket players are going to play at Chennai  the IPL 20-20 Cricket. The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association has sought permission from the Chennai Police to conduct IPL matches at Chennai on 19.03.2013. We learnt that the Chennai police  has not given permission till date.   

The same Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)  have not included the Pakistan players in IPL from 2009 edition to present without giving any reason. In the contrast Srilankan players are welcomed in India despite Srilankan Army killed nearly 800 Tamil/Indian fishermen in the past 20 years. 

Sport is not just a pastime. We cannot shout war crimes one minute and cheer for Sri Lankan cricket the next. Sport and politics are inseparable.

 Nobel Peace Price winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu said during 2008 Cowdrey Lecture at Lord's Cricket Ground that “Politics impinges on sport as much as on any other aspect of life… the sports boycott played a crucial part in South Africa’s liberation”.

Hence we request you to turn down request of Tamil Nadu Cricket Association for conducting IPL matches with the participation of Srilankan players at Chennai. 



Signed,

Kalai Arasu

This petition closed over 1 year ago

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Sri Lanka stands accused of war crimes by a UN Panel of Experts, yet the country's national team is here in India playing cricket.  Channel 4 Documentary

Now Between 3rd April to 26th May'2013, 13...

Sri Lanka stands accused of war crimes by a UN Panel of Experts, yet the country's national team is here in India playing cricket.  Channel 4 Documentary

Now Between 3rd April to 26th May'2013, 13 Srilankan Cricket players are going to play at Chennai  the IPL 20-20 Cricket. The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association has sought permission from the Chennai Police to conduct IPL matches at Chennai on 19.03.2013. We learnt that the Chennai police  has not given permission till date.  


Sport is not just a pastime. We cannot shout war crimes one minute and cheer for Sri Lankan cricket the next. Sport and politics are inseparable. 

As Archbishop Desmond Tutu said "Politics impinges on sport as much as on any other aspect of life… the sports boycott played a crucial part in South Africa's liberation". Tutu at Lords - MCC, London

International sporting events bring in tourism, foreign investment and all the money that comes with it. Money that buys guns, bombs and soldiers. Above all else, sport legitimises a country. It tells the world that a country is okay, it doesn't do bad things. 

Sri Lanka stands accused of war crimes. We cannot ignore human rights, simply for the sake of a game of cricket. 

During the 70's and 80's South African sporting teams were shunned by the world during the apartheid era. The country spent nearly 25 years in sporting isolation, being banned from the Olympics, suspended from FIFA and barred from Rugby World Cups, until they ended their apartheid regime.

In 2008, the England & Wales Cricket Board decided to cut off all relations with Zimbabwe cricket, with many players personally opposed to touring. Robert Mugabe's government had committed so many human rights abuses that his cricket team was no longer welcome to this country. 

The same Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)  have not included the Pakistan players in IPL from 2009 edition to present without giving any reason. In the contrast Srilankan players are welcomed in India despite Srilankan Army killed nearly 800 Tamil/Indian fishermen in the past 20 years. 

In the very same way - Sri Lanka must be placed in sporting isolation. We must not play with those who commit genocide. 

KILLING TAMILS IS NOT CRICKET
STOP GENOCIDE - BOYCOTT SRI LANKA

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