Regional Advisor of UNESCO writes to Secretary General on plight of Tamils

Hasan Mohammed Jinnah, Regional Advisor (Asia-Pacific Region) for Human Rights and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has written to United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Secretary General, Dr. Tae Sul Kim towards emphasizing the United Nations taking measures in establishing the Independent State of Tamil Eelam, a report in Viduthalai newspaper said.

Viduthalai, the Tamil Rationalist Daily published in India is the official organ of Periyar Kazhagam.

Hasan Mohammed Jinnah with Superstar Rajinikanth

Hasan Mohammed Jinnah assumed duties at the UNESCO on the 8th of May 2012. He stated in his letter that bringing the plight of Tamils in the aftermath of Sri Lankan military onslaught to the attention of the UNESCO Secretary General is his first priority in the newly assumed position.

Mr. Hasan Mohammed Jinnah was born on November 22, 1977 and has held offices previously as an additional public prosecutor at the High Court, Chennai and Deputy Secretary for the Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam (DMK) Youth wing.

A communiqué from the DMK congratulating Mr. Jinnah on assuming duties at the UNESCO states, “A human rights activist, Mr. Jinnah has been one of the most vocal and influential advocate for the freedom and entitlements of women in particular”.

In his letter to UNESCO Secretary General, Dr. Tae Sul Kim, Hasan Mohammed Jinnah has pointed out that military onslaught by the Sri Lankan Army has brought catastrophic consequences to the Tamil people, particularly to women and children. He said that Tamils around the world and in our Tamil Nadu – held in high esteem by Tamils as the Motherland – are in distress over the plight of Tamils and longing to see them liberated from tyranny.

He has pointed the out lack of livelihood, threat to culture and insecurity particularly to women are widely prevalent in the areas now occupied by the Sri Lankan armed forces.

Mr. Hasan Mohammed Jinnah emphasized in the letter that UN supervised referendum on independent Tamil Eelam as solution and asked it be conducted among Tamils displaced from there and living all around the world as well. Just conducting it amongst the altered demographics of the place seeing enforced settlements today will defeat the purpose of a referendum he added.

According to UNESCO, in the year 2004, Jinnah was chosen as a Young Political Leader from India, for the yearly convention of the American Council of Young Political Leaders, among a pool of local, state and national nominations by Governors, Members of Parliament, National and State political party chairs, State legislative leaders, and corporate contributors.

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