Tamil Americans endorse Hillary Clinton

URGENT UPDATE:

Eelam Tamil Americans & our Indian American friends reached our initial target of $70,000! We need another $30,000 to reach our final target and make a difference for this campaign. Working with Indian Tamil Americans & other Americans from Asia & the Pacific, we have already been a part of raising over 24 million dollars for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) for Hillary.

By contributing through this website, we will receive credit together as Eelam Tamil Americans productively and patriotically working within the American political system.

Please urgently contribute today to this worthwhile cause. With only ONE WEEK until the election, we suggest a donation of $500 or more (or whatever you can). It is important that contributions are received from all parts of the United States. Even small contributions equally matter.

Please donate through the link below.

We assure you that this effort is in line with Tamil national goals and interests, and follows mainstream Tamil American ideals.

Tamil Americans enthusiastically support and endorse Hillary Rodham Clinton for President of the United States. We support Hillary because of her policies toward Sri Lanka during her time as Secretary of State, among other reasons.

During Hillary’s tenure as Secretary of State from 2009-2013, US policy focused on recovery from war, the urgent need to end human rights abuses, the necessity of reintegrating the Tamil community into the Sri Lankan polity with dignity, security and equality, and building a revived and plural Sri Lankan identity. Tamil Americans worked with the US Administration on moving toward these goals. We hope and believe that under Hillary the US will continue those policies, along with engaging on other US interests in the Indian Ocean.

A tragedy took place in Sri Lanka in the early days of the Obama Administration in which over 100,000 Tamil civilians were killed by the armed forces, which UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sept. 2, 2016 compared to the genocides of Rwanda and Srebrenica. This tragedy was facilitated by Sri Lanka’s dehumanization and demonization of the Tamils as terrorists. Sec. Clinton has a more nuanced understanding of the causes of rebellion and on Oct. 23, 2007 noted, “I mean, what the Tamil Tigers are fighting for in Sri Lanka, or the Basque separatists in Spain, or the insurgents in al-Anbar province may only be connected by tactics. They may not share all that much in terms of what is the[ir] philosophical or ideological underpinning.”

Sec. Clinton also recognized the special traumas that Tamil women have undergone from sexual violence by testifying at the UN on Sept. 30, 2009 that, "The reality is much worse. We’ve seen rape used as a tactic of war before in Bosnia, Burma, Sri Lanka, and elsewhere. In too many countries and in too many cases, the perpetrators of this violence are not punished, and so this impunity encourages further attacks."

Sec. Clinton pushed three resolutions on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council to provide an international framework for accountability and transitional justice in Sri Lanka – necessary precursors for reconciliation – that ultimately led to the OISL report and the 2015 UNHRC resolution setting up a transitional justice and institutional reform process that was co-sponsored by Sri Lanka.

We recognize that America has interests in Sri Lanka besides human rights and democratic reform, especially economic and military interests, and we believe that Hillary Clinton will balance all America’s interests with sure hands.

Although we are not all Democrats, we believe that Hillary has the steadiness, experience and intellect to lead Americans during difficult times at home and abroad.

Tamil Americans from across the country have been involved in Hillary’s campaign as volunteers and donors. Tamil Americans have also been in touch with the campaign to educate Hillary’s senior aides on our concerns.