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Tamil youth in India and UK unite to call for CHOGM boycott

Student societies across India and the UK released a statement Tuesday, continuing calls for a boycott of the upcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

28 Tamil organisations, in a joint statement, deplored the British Premier’s decision to attend CHOGM and consolidated their calls for heads of states to boycott the summit in Sri Lanka.

On Monday the Tamil Youth Organisation UK (TYO-UK) also called on British Prime Minister David Cameron to boycott the summit (see report here).

See full text of the student societies statement here; extracts follow:

“We, the undersigned Tamil youth and student organisations from India and the United Kingdom, deplore decisions made by several countries across the Commonwealth, to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, in Colombo this November.”

“The Tamils in the North-East have been unremittingly disenfranchised, as a nation and as individuals, whilst enduring the unabated militarisation, land appropriation and colonisation of their land. Human rights violations are met with impunity, and the space for freedom of expression continues to diminish under the imposing presence of the military.”

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