Visvanathan Rudrakumaran

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V. Rudrakumaran
Born
NationalityAmerican
OccupationLawyer
Known forPrime Minister of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam

Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran (Tamil: விசுவநாதன் உருத்ரகுமாரன்) is the Prime Minister of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam,[1][2][3][4] which aims to realize accountability for crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide committed by Sri Lanka against the Tamil minority and to create a separate Tamil homeland, the only way Tamils can protect their rights, called Tamil Eelam [5][6] in the island of Sri Lanka. He was the former legal advisor to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). By profession he is a lawyer in the United States. He is currently a US citizen and lives in New York City.[7][8]

Early life[edit]

Rudrakumaran is the son of the former Jaffna Mayor Rajah Viswanathan. He studied at Jaffna Central College and earned law degrees from the Colombo Law College and the Southern Methodist University .He also studied law for a period at Harvard, and is an expert in immigration law.[1][9]

Career[edit]

Legal advisor to LTTE[edit]

Prior to the military defeat of the LTTE, he was the international legal advisor to the organization's supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran and in-charge of its international & diplomatic affairs. Rudrakumaran made valuable contributions to the LTTE, including coordinating lawyers in the defense of Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, assisting in Suresh Manikkavasagam trial in Canada and challenging US decision to name LTTE as a Foreign Terrorist Organization in 1997.[10] He has represented the LTTE in several peace talks with the Government of Sri Lanka.[11][12]

Prime Minister of Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam[edit]

Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran is currently heading the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam as its Prime Minister.[13] To date referendums have been held in seven countries (Norway, France, Canada, Switzerland, Germany, Netherlands and United Kingdom).[14]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Solomon, Jesse (13 March 2012). "Funeral held for American journalist killed in Syria". CNN. Retrieved 28 July 2020.
  2. ^ Four Years after a Tamil Defeat, the Diaspora Regroups
  3. ^ Susan Snow Wadley (27 December 2013). South Asia in the World: An Introduction. M.E. Sharpe. pp. 213–. ISBN 978-0-7656-3968-4. Retrieved 2 February 2021.
  4. ^ "Sirirsena no different from his predecessor Rajapaksa: Visvanathan Rudrakumaran". Vasudha Venugopal. The Economic Times. 15 January 2015. Retrieved 2 February 2021.
  5. ^ "TGTE calls on UN High Commissioner of Human Rights to 'halt' Sri Lanka's UNHRC 'charade'". FT. 2 March 2019. Retrieved 2 February 2021.
  6. ^ Rudrakumaran: Man with a Mission in Pursuit of Eelam
  7. ^ "Challenging Sri Lanka's Sixth Amendment". Taylor Dibbert. Hufffington Post. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  8. ^ "Ex LTTE negotiator tells TNA to push for Eelam". 3 September 2015. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  9. ^ "Sri Lanka Transnational Government Tamil Eelam Prime Minister Hopes for Support from Cuba and Latin America". Ron Ridenour. Salem News. 2 October 2011. Retrieved 3 February 2021.
  10. ^ "Rudrakumaran emerges as Diaspora leader". The Island. tamilnewsnetwork.com. 13 February 2011. Retrieved 8 April 2012.
  11. ^ "'We Will Become A Power Centre' - Rudrakumaran". Tehelka. 8 August 2009. Retrieved 8 April 2012.
  12. ^ "Sri Lanka Publications Twist Judicial Reprimand to Defane Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran". Salem News.com. 10 February 2014. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  13. ^ "Keeping International Pressure on Sri Lanka". HuffPost. 7 April 2017. Retrieved 2 February 2021.
  14. ^ http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=30548

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