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Vision

Evolve an independent, international organization which adheres to the principles of democracy and non-violence and derives its strength from grassroots organizations of the Tamil Diaspora that will work in solidarity with Tamils in Eelam and other communities in Sri Lanka to restore Tamil Peoples right to self-determination and democratic self-rule in their traditional homeland in the island of Sri Lanka that would lead to self-sufficiency, sustainability and equal opportunity to its people, through its political and economic successes by engaging the international community.
 
Mission
 
Establish an international, grassroots and youth based, Tamil democratic political organization that would generate constructive change through Collective Global Tamils to:
 
  • Alleviate the physical and emotional suffering of displaced and distressed Tamil people in the internment camps and to advocate for their freedom of movement and immediate rehabilitation in their homes,
 
  • Bring to justice those who perpetrated genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity against the Tamil Peoples,
 
  • Campaign tirelessly, locally and internationally, to remove the occupying forces of Sri Lanka out from the traditional homeland of Tamils in the island of Sri Lanka,
 
  • Prevent the colonization of the homeland of the Tamil people by the Sinhala majority community,
 
  • Promote health, education, culture and economic development of Tamils in Eelam and the Tamil Diaspora,
 
  • To use all resources available to the Tamil Diaspora to establish the Tamil people’s right to self-determination and their right to re-establish their nationhood which was taken away by force from them by the succeeding colonial powers including the Sri Lankan government,
 
  • Help empower Tamil people in Sri Lanka to take control of their destiny and clearly formulate and promote the benefits of freedom for all in the pursuit of sustainable growth and prosperity in the self-governing nation of Tamil Eelam.
 
  • Empower the Tamil society around the world through education, cultural and economic growth from the grassroots with youth and women involvement in all aspects of social activities.
 
In pursuit of this Vision and Mission, the Global Tamil Forum will build on the principles of emancipation promoted by Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King to oppose the entire edifice of oppression and discrimination through peaceful means and to champion the rights of Tamil and other communities who have been unjustly deprived of their rights and silenced.
 
Constitutional Summary
 
  • Global Tamil Forum and participating Country Organisations/Founding Members are legally registered.
 
  • There will be one Country Orgnanisation/Founding Member per country representing that country at the Global Tamil Forum.
 
  • A Country Organisation with the largest membership of fee paying members on Dec 31 of each year would become the Founding Member.
 
  • Country Organisation/Founding Members are represented by Board Members at the Global Tamil Forum. The number of Directors from each Country Organisation/Founding Member at the Board of Directors depends on the membership numbers of that country organisation.
 
  • Each Country Organisation/Founding Member has voting rights at the Board of Directors during decision making process. 
 
  • Country Organisation/Founding Member would have to subcribe to the constitution of the Global Tamil Forum and will pay a one-time joining fee and an annual fee. Country Organisations/Founding Members will share the cost of projects taken up by the Global Tamil Forum based on the Zonal Groups. 
 
  • An individual can become a General Member by becoming the member of the Country Organisation/Founding Member if there is a Country Organisation/Founding Member in that country.
 
  • An individual can become a Direct General Member if the country does NOT have Country Organisations/Founding Member.
    •  If the Direct General Membership exceeds 5000 (in a country without a Country Organisation/Founding Member) the Direct General Members can elect a Director to the GTF board.

 If you would like to view the constitution of the Global Tamil Forum, please contact your country organisation or send an email via Contact Us.

 

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