Breaking The Silence Journal: SOAS

Following on from LSE and UCL, the ‘Breaking the Silence’ genocide awaresness exhibition travelled to the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) earlier this week. Throughout the day a stall ran in the main building of SOAS’s Russell Square campus where students, lecturers and university staff visited the exhibition. The exhibition featured posters depicting the human rights abuses against Tamil people in the island of Sri Lanka. Most students were aware that there was a conflict recently in Sri Lanka but many were intrigued on learning how far back oppression against Tamil people...


A poem recited at Youth Maaveerar Naal held at Imperial College London earlier this week and written by a student at St George's University.

British Tamil students remember sacrifice at 'Youth Maaveerar Naal'

Over 150 Tamil students from across the UK gathered today at the annual Youth Maaveerar Naal in remembrance of lives that have been sacrificed in the Tamil nation’s struggle against genocide . The inter-university remembrance event, ‘Youth Maaveerar Naal’, hosted this year by Imperial College London, saw several universities prepare theatrical dance performances, poems, songs and speeches in remembrance of sacrifices in the Tamil struggle against genocide.

MC Ellaalan releases 'Her Yesterday' at Youth Maaveerar Naal

A British Tamil Rapper, MC Ellaalan released his second rap song at Youth Maaveerar Naal today. Tamil Guardian caught up with the rapper at the end of the event to talk about the motive behind his second song.

Breaking The Silence Journal: UCL

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 Journal: London School of Economics

'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' released in London

"Was I A Stranger In My Homeland" by the young Norwegian Tamil, Malavi Sivakanesan, launched at Westminster University, in London on 19th October.

UKTSU and Tamil Societies inspiring 'True Potential'

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.

Tamils raise over $50,000 for rehab hospital in Toronto

Hundreds of people from the Tamil community in Toronto came together on September 15th, for the 5th Annual Tamil-Canadian Walkathon.

Tamils mark the passing of Sunila Abeysekara, aged 61

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.