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Tamils in Switzerland demand Sri Lanka be referred to the ICC

Protests were held in Switzerland, demanding international justice for human rights abuses against Tamils by the Sri Lankan government and calling on the international community to refer Sri Lanka to the International Criminal Court (ICC). 

Protesters were carrying the Tamil Eelam flags and placards that called for Sri Lanka to be referred to the ICC. 

The demonstrations occurred whilst the UN Core Group was due to pass a resolution against Sri Lanka to the UN Human Rights Council at the 46th session in Geneva. 

There were similar protests in France, which called on the international community to intervene to stop the continued immunity of war crimes accused Sri Lankan state officials. In the UK, Ambihai K Selvakumar, a director of the International Centre for the Prevention of Genocide (ICPPG), is on her eleventh day of hunger-striking as she continues to demand justice for the genocide of Tamils. 

Meanwhile, a number of families of the disappeared, civil society members and students also began their hunger strike in Jaffna, Amparai, Mullaitivu and Batticaloa. On Monday, a protest was held in Jaffna where demonstrators held flame-bearing sticks lit from a sacred clay pot, calling for international justice against Sri Lanka’s ongoing injustices.  

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