Britain’s Prime Minister Keir Starmer on Tamil self-determination and justice for genocide

As Britain’s new prime minister Keir Starmer takes up office this week, we look back on his previous statements on the British Tamil community, his calls for Sri Lanka to be referred to the International Criminal Court and on justice for mass atrocities committed against the Tamil people. Earlier this year, Starmer released a message to commemorate the “15 th year Mullivaikkal Genocide Remembrance Day,” paying tribute to the tens of thousands of Tamils killed in 2009. “Mullivaikkal must also be a reminder that as well as commemorating those who are lost, we must bring the perpetrators of...

‘Bombs rolling in the air’ - Remembering the Navaly church massacre

On this day 29 years ago, the Sri Lankan air force dropped 13 bombs on St Peter’s Church in Navaly. More than 140 sheltering Tamils, who were encouraged by the military to seek refuge at the church, were killed on the spot. At least 13 children were amongst the dead, with many more succumbing to injuries later as the local hospital was swamped with the wounded.

Final farewell for veteran Tamil politician R Sampanthan

This weekend saw the funeral of former leader of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Rajavarodayam Sampanthan in Trincomalee. The funeral was attended by several senior political figures including former leader of the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK), Mavai Senathirajah, M.A. Sumanthiran, Ranil Wickremesinghe and controversially members of the Rajapaksa clan. Former president, and accused war criminal, Mahinda Rajapaksa, and Namal Rajapaksa were seen in attendance. Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is accused of overseeing the Tamil genocide, issued a statement morning the loss of R Sampanthan and...

Jaffna University students commemorate Black Tigers Day

Students at the University of Jaffna held a remembrance event in secret to mark Black Tigers Day last Friday. On July 5, Eelam Tamils across the world remember and mourn the sacrifices made by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) elite women and men, the Black Tigers. “Karumpuli Naal” marks the sacrifice made by the first Black Tiger, Captain Miller, or Vallipuram Vasanthan. In 2008 the LTTE declared that 356 Black Tigers had laid down their lives, 254 of them in sea operations since Captain Miller's attack. It is not yet known how many sacrificed their lives during the final phases of...

Dhee: Finding Home Through Music

"You're the cuckoo cuckoo Acca!" is a phrase Dhee loves to hear. In the world of music, few artists navigate the complex layers of identity and belonging as gracefully. The Australian Tamil singer has been making waves in Kollywood and beyond with her evocative melodies and heart-rending performances. Speaking to Tamil Guardian, Dhee opens up about her upcoming solo album, her musical journey, and the profound connection to her Eelam roots.

Remembering the Black Tigers

21 Black Tiger elite commandos who took part in the raid on a Sri Lankan airbase in Anuradhapura, 2007 On July 5, Eelam Tamils across the world remember and mourn the sacrifices made by the LTTE's elite women and men, the Black Tigers. “Karumpuli Naal” marks the sacrifice made by the first Black Tiger, Captain Miller, or Vallipuram Vasanthan, 37 years ago. In 1987, he attacked a Sri Lankan Army garrison in Nelliyadi in the Jaffna district, by driving a small truck with explosives into it. Forty Sri Lankan soldiers were killed in the attack. In 2007, a group of 21 LTTE Black Tiger commandos,...

British Tamil, Uma Kumaran elected to represent Stratford and Bow

British Tamil, Uma Kumaran, has been successful in her bid to be Stratford and Bow’s first MP securing 19,145 votes. On Twitter, she thanked her supporters for placing trust in her and vowed not to let them down. It is the honour of my life to be elected to serve as the first ever member of parliament for Stratford and Bow Thank you to all who placed your trust in me and in the Labour party. I’ll always be your voice and your representative. I wont let you down pic.twitter.com/IriJCAvTU7 — Uma Kumaran (@Uma_Kumaran) July 5, 2024 Last week Kumaran spoke with the Tamil Guardian about her...

'Our commitment to supporting Tamil rights and addressing historical injustices remains steadfast' - Elliot Colburn Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Carshalton and Wallington

As a longstanding ally of the Tamil community, I am happy to represent the Tamil community and fight for our shared values, mutual respect, and a commitment to justice and prosperity for all. As we approach a crucial election, it is important for the Tamil community to reflect on the significant strides we have made together and to consider the path forward. I urge you to vote Conservative, a party that has consistently demonstrated its unwavering support for Tamils both locally and internationally.

'Why British Tamils Should Vote Liberal Democrat on Thursday' - Bobby Dean Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Carshalton and Wallington

Ed Davey, the leader of the Liberal Democrats, is a longtime supporter of the Tamil community. Under his leadership, the Liberal Democrats have called on the Conservative government to recognise the crimes committed against the Tamil people as a genocide and for those who committed these crimes to be held to account. He is clear: ‘We cannot end the search for justice.’ And I couldn't agree more. The Liberal Democrats have always battled for the rights of individuals against oppression. If elected I will be a passionate advocate for the Tamil community, both in Carshalton and in Parliament...

US Commission recommends Sri Lanka is added to watchlist for 'severe violations of religious freedom'

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has recommended that the US State Department adds Sri Lanka to a special watchlist for "severe violations of religious freedom" in its latest report. The report states that in recent years, the Sri Lankan government has implemented discriminatory policies against religious minorities, and societal actors have increased violent attacks against religious minorities across the country. The findings of the report are based on a visit by the USCIRF delegation who travelled to Sri Lanka in October 2023 to assess religious...

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