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Eelam Tamil man self-immolates outside UNHRC in Geneva

A 34 year old Eelam Tamil man, residing in Switzerland, self-immolated outside the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva in the early hours of Thursday morning.

The man is believed to be Senthilkumaran Ratnasingham, a father of 3 children, who is said to have been living there since the age of 14.

According to reports, he was taken to hospital, but died of his burned shortly afterwards.

Details of the incident are yet to verified, however he is understood to have campaigned against the genocide of Eelam Tamils in the North-East of the island of Sri Lanka, frequently attending protests and providing financial aid.

See reports here on TamilNet, including voice clip of Ratnasingham's friend, and here in the Swiss press.