35-year-old Senthilkumaran Ratnasingam, who immolated himself in front of the UN office at Geneva on Thursday had recorded a video message in the cell phone which was in his possession. The message has come out on Monday after the Switzerland police handed over the phone to the family. In his message Senthilkumaran called for a mass people's struggle to achieve an independent Tamil Eelam. "That is why I am sacrificing my life," the message said.
Text of the message:
Senthilkumaran Ratnasingam (13.02.1978 - 05.09.2013)
Senthilkumaran was a regular participant in all the protests since he came to Switzerland, his friends said.
While the past genocide and the on-going structural genocide against Eezham Tamils committed by the Sri Lankan State are still not even recognized by the UN, the UN Human Rights chief Ms. Navi Pillay coming out with a statement calling the LTTE brutal and asking the diaspora not to glorify it, has created much resentment in the diaspora.
On August 26th, Norwegian Ambassador for Sri Lanka Ms Grete Løchen, speaking at a development conference in Oslo, convened by the Oslo University, said that "The Diaspora has to be strategic and conscious in its actions and public statements regarding calls for reconciliation and political solution, by avoiding feeding into the rhetoric of the current government that the Diaspora is still working for Eezham."
Switzerland and Norway, at the behest of the USA and the West, are now actively involved in a South Africa-based initiative. The process harps on a formula "label-less" for Tamils, but explicitly positive for the genocidal State of Sri Lanka in upholding its unity and integrity and in the imposition of its identity on Eezham Tamils, informed circles said.