- Nobel Peace Laureate, Prof. Elie Wiesel: Sri Lanka's
victimization of Tamil people must stop - TamilNet, Wednesday, 01
Holocaust surviver, Jewish icon, and Nobel laureate, Professor Elie
Wiesel, in a message posted on his
30 June 2009 said:
"Wherever minorities are being persecuted we must raise our
voices to protest. According to reliable sources, the Tamil people
are being disenfranchised and victimized by the Sri Lanka
authorities. This injustice must stop. The Tamil people must be
allowed to live in peace and flourish in their homeland."
In 1986, Prof. Wiesel won the Nobel Prize for Peace, and soon after,
Marion and Elie Wiesel established The Elie Wiesel Foundation for
For his literary and human rights activities, Prof. Wiesel has received
numerous awards including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the U.S.
Congressional Gold Medal and the Medal of Liberty Award, and the rank of
Grand-Croix in the French Legion of Honor.
Dr Elyn Shander, a Connecticut physician and a member of US-activist
group, Tamils Against Genocide, has been working with the Elie Wiesel
Foundation, updating the organization on the ground situation in the
NorthEast. The Elie Wiesel Foundation has been receiving regular updates
of the condition of the 300,000 Tamil civilians in the internment
camps., Dr Shander said.
"We are very grateful that he [Prof. Wiesel] has responded to our
request to support the Tamil people. Now that it is official on his
website, we are certain that other institutions that are involved in
holocaust and war-crime research will take up Sri Lanka case," Dr
Shander told TamilNet.
Shander is also the vice president of a new organization USTPAC (United
States Tamil Political Action Committee), an independent democratic
organization dedicated to lawful means to restore Tamil Peoples right to
self-determination and democratic self rule in their traditional
In 1978, President Jimmy Carter appointed Elie Wiesel as Chairman of the
President's Commission on the Holocaust. In 1980, he became the Founding
Chairman of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. He is also the
Founding President of the Paris-based Universal Academy of Cultures and
the Chairman of The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity, an organization
he and his wife created to fight indifference, intolerance and
injustice. Elie Wiesel has received more than 100 honorary degrees from
institutions of higher learning.