The ‘#BreaktheSilence’ campaign continued as students from the University College London (UCL) held their exhibition detailing the history of human rights violations and war crimes in Sri Lanka on Monday. Running an exposition in the busy North Cloisters section of UCL, they campaigned with the goal to raise awareness amongst the student body and to gather support for the growing demand for an independent international investigation into the country’s actions during the last months of the ethnic conflict. Organised by the UCL Tamil Society, their Campaigns Officer, stressed the urgent...
'Breaking the Silence', a series of university exhibitions began early last week, with students at the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) holding an exhibition raising awareness of genocide and detailing the ongoing human rights crisis in Sri Lanka.
"Was I A Stranger In My Homeland" by the young Norwegian Tamil, Malavi Sivakanesan, launched at Westminster University, in London on 19th October.
The United Kingdom Tamil Students Union (UKTSU) held their first 'True Potential' personal statement workshop at University College London on the first weekend of the new academic year.
Hundreds of people from the Tamil community in Toronto came together on September 15th, for the 5th Annual Tamil-Canadian Walkathon.
Sunila Abeysekara, an internationally respected Sri Lankan human rights activist died on Monday aged 61 from cancer. An outspoken figure amongst her colleagues in Sri Lanka, she was deeply respected by a number of international figures and Tamils for fearlessly raising the issue of human rights abuses committed against Tamils at the end of the armed conflict. She eventually fled to live in exile in the Netherlands, after the Sri Lankan state owned media site called her a traitor for her endorsement of the 2012 UN Human Rights Council resolution calling for reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka. She was also an ardent advocate for women's rights in South Asia as well as that of sex workers and homosexuals and transgender people. In the days following her death on September 9th, a number of Tamil activists and organisations paid tribute to her work.
The multi-award nominee, No Fire Zone:The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka documentary premiered in the UK today, with its first official screening taking place in Soho, London. The documentary, outlines what happened to the 400,000 Tamil civilians that were trapped in the government designated 'no fire zone' and then subjected to relentless and sustained shelling, resulting in, what the UN estimates to be, the death of over 70,000 civilians. The film was screened to a fully packed audience, consisting of several human rights activists, journalists and lawyers, at the Curzon in Soho.
British University Tamil Societies across London collaborated to hold a Black July remembrance discussion session at the London School of Economics on Monday.
A film docmenting the wave of student protests that swept across Tamil Nadu was released in Chennai on Sunday, as a packed out crowd gathered to watch its first public screening.