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 ருத்ரகுமாரன்) is the Prime Minister of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam,[1][2] 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 [3] 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.[4][5]

Early life[edit]

Rudrakumaran is the son of the former Jaffna Mayor Viswanathan. He studied at Jaffna Central College and Colombo Law College.[1]

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.[6] He has represented the LTTE in several peace talks with the Government of Sri Lanka.[7][8]

Prime Minister of Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam[edit]

Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran is currently heading the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam as its Prime Minister. To date referendums have been held in seven countries (Norway, France, Canada, Switzerland, Germany, Netherlands and United Kingdom).[9]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ CNN :Funeral held for American journalist killed in Syria
  2. ^ Four Years after a Tamil Defeat, the Diaspora Regroups
  3. ^ Rudrakumaran: Man with a Mission in Pursuit of Eelam
  4. ^ "Challenging Sri Lanka's Sixth Amendment". Taylor Dibbert. Hufffington Post. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Ex LTTE negotiator tells TNA to push for Eelam". 3 September 2015. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  6. ^ "Rudrakumaran emerges as Diaspora leader". The Island. tamilnewsnetwork.com. 13 February 2011. Retrieved 8 April 2012.
  7. ^ "'We Will Become A Power Centre' - Rudrakumaran". Tehelka. 8 August 2009. Retrieved 8 April 2012.
  8. ^ "Sri Lanka Publications Twist Judicial Reprimand to Defane Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran". Sales News.com. 10 February 2014. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  9. ^ http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=30548