VISION

MISSION

LEADERSHIP

VISION

To promote and sustain peace, harmony, prosperity, good governance and reconciliation in Sri Lanka.

MISSION

To inform and engage the American people and American policymakers on the issues involved in peace-building in Sri Lanka.

To encourage the United States and the international community to support a political solution that will create stability and promote reconciliation in Sri Lanka by guaranteeing the rights of all peoples on the island, including the right to security, political representation, full economic participation, and religious freedom.

To promote changes to the political and governance structure of Sri Lanka that will allow for greater regional autonomy, fuller political representation of all ethnic and religious groups on the island, and the defense of the individual and collective rights.

To support a Sri Lankan government that will defend the rights and well-being of all its citizens.

To work toward true reconciliation by promoting justice, accountability, and transparency.

To ensure the safety, dignity and prosperity of Tamils and other groups in the regions where they traditionally live, and to protect and preserve their culture.

LEADERSHIP

Dr. Karunyan Arulanantham, Executive Director

Dr. Karunyan Arulanantham is a Pediatrician/Endocrinologist practicing in California and an advocate for Sri Lanka’s Tamil communities. A Tamil and native of Sri Lanka, he graduated from the University of Ceylon and has spent many years working in Sri Lankan hospitals and with Tamil refugees in South India to help address the needs of Tamils displaced from their homes and to help mitigate the impact of the conflict on the health of Tamil civilians. This experience motivated him, once he moved to the United States, to advocate on behalf of the humanitarian and development needs and basic political and human rights for Sri Lanka’s Tamil communities. He has published several papers on the impact of the Sri Lanka conflict on children and the civilian population. Dr. Arulanantham is a member of the American College of Endocrinologists, American Diabetes Association, and Lawrence Wilkins Pediatric Endocrine Society, and holds medical licenses in the States of New York, Connecticut and California. In addition to his extensive forty years of experience in the medical field, Dr. Arulanantham held various teaching positions in the United States and Sri Lanka, including in: University of California, Los Angeles; University of Connecticut School of Medicine; Yale University School of Medicine; University of Jaffna.


Dhamy Rajendra, Executive Director

Dhamy Rajendra is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) working at a Fortune 500 technology company in California. She is currently an active Tamil Diaspora representative at United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, bringing attention to human rights violations being committed against the Tamils in Sri Lanka and advocating for a political solution to the ethnical conflict. She is affiliated with several advocacy and NGOs including Pasumai Thaagam, an ECOSOC Indian NGO. Dhamy is also a group coordinator for a local chapter of Amnesty International. Born in Sri Lanka, Dhamy moved to Africa, then to Canada, and now lives in California. She was educated at University of Waterloo in Canada


Dr. Soma Ilangovan, Director

Dr. Soma Ilangovan was born in an agricultural village in Tamilnadu, India, and raised in a large family. After earning a medical degree from the University of Madras, he came to the US for his residency and fellowship where he practiced as an Internist and Gastroenterologist in a Chicago suburb from 1976 to 2004. An ardent follower of Indian humanist Periyar E. V. Ramasamy, who fought for equality and social justice, Dr. Ilangovan has lived through discrimination in his village. After visiting and serving the tsunami-affected people in Tamilnadu and Sri Lanka, Dr. Ilangovan has been actively involved in working to alleviate suffering and inequality. He believes TAPI plays a critical role in using non-violent strategies to find answers that will achieve lasting peace and has spent much of his life promoting Humanism and Human Values in the US and Tamilnadu.

Dr. Ilangovan lives in Southampton, Pennsylvania with his wife who is also a doctor. They are the proud grandparents of two lovely girls who live nearby.

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