Eric Cantona’s kung fu kick and the Tamil connection

Eric Cantona will forever be a Manchester United legend. But it’s not the 82 goals or the four league titles that leave the fiery forward endeared in the hearts of many United fans. Instead, it is a single moment on 25 January, 1995, when Cantona launched his infamous ‘kung-fu’ kick on a football hooligan at Selhurst Park. Twenty-eight years later, it remains one of the most extraordinary moments in the history of British sport.

Tamil parties circles as Tamil National Alliance in crisis

With the announcement of local elections across the island, the Tamil National Alliance, the largest alliance representing Tamils in the North-East, is in flux over divisions between and within the constituent parties. An announcement on December 11 by MP and spokesperson M A Sumanthiran, a divisive figure within the Tamil polity, that the TNA’s largest constituent party Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK) would contest the upcoming election independently has not been received well by the remaining alliance partners TELO and PLOTE. The two parties wrote to ITAK demanding that the TNA, which...

Tamil nation marks Maaveerar Naal 2022

Thousands of Tamils gathered across the Tamil homeland to mark Maaveerar Naal - or Great Heroes Day - and remember those who sacrificed their lives in the Tamil struggle for liberation.

UN passes resolution on collecting evidence for Sri Lankan war crimes trials

The UN Human Rights Council has adopted resolution 51/L1 on Sri Lanka, which will “extend and reinforce the capacity of the Office of the High Commissioner to collect, consolidate, analyse and preserve” evidence that may be used in future war crimes trials. The resolution was passed with 20 votes in favour, 7 against and 20 abstentions.

Thileepan commemorated across the North-East

Numerous commemoration events were held across the North-East marking the 35th anniversary since the death of Lt Col Thileepan, a political wing leader of the LTTE who fasted to death, in a protest appealing to the Indian government to honour pledges made to the Tamil people. Thileepan began his fast on 15th September 1987, surrounded by over 100,000 supporters, and died 11 days later, on the 26th September 1987.

‘Eela not Sinhala’ - Ponniyin Selvan mired in controversy

Ahead of the debut release of Ponniyin Selvan, the film has garnered controversy over its description of the island of Lanka, with the Hindi translation referring to the land as a Sinhala country. The film is based on a historical fiction novel under the same name, by Kalki Krishnamurthy, set during the Chola dynasty. Throughout the novel, Krishnamurthy referred to the island of Lanka as Eela Naadu. However, the Tamil trailer for the movie refers to the island as Illankai or Lanka. Responding to the controversy, Tamil activists have written to Lyca Productions, which is behind the film, to...

RECAP – Week 1 of 51st UNHRC session

With the release of the revised draft resolution, Tamil Guardian looks back at the proceedings of the 51 st UN Human Rights Council session.

Rishi Sunak speaks on curbing Sri Lanka's military and justice for 'pain of 2009'

British Prime Ministerial candidate Rishi Sunak reaffirmed his commitment to justice for mass atrocities committed in Sri Lanka and discussed the possibility of applying targeted sanctions on Sri Lankan officials just as the UK has on Russians, in a meeting with British Tamil conservatives earlier today.

Selfish and cynical – Sri Lanka lifts ban on some Tamils but many more remain barred

The Sri Lankan government de-proscribed a handful of Tamil diaspora organisations and individuals in a move dubbed “cynical” and “a farce” by activists, as it continues to have hundreds more banned under a terrorist designation law. Under the latest update from Sri Lankan authorities, the Global Tamil Forum (GTF), British Tamils Forum (BTF) and Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC) have been removed from the Sri Lankan government’s list of banned organisations. Though a few organisations and individuals have been removed, major diaspora organisations such as the Tamil Youth Organisation (TYO) which has branches across the globe and the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) remain listed. We spoke to some of those impacted by the latest move.

The police ‘laughed and mocked me’ – British national details her harrowing experience of sexual violence in Sri Lanka

In a post on Instagram, British activist and tourist, Kayleigh Fraser, details a harrowing experience of sexual assault and an attempted cover-up by Sri Lanka police. After reporting her rape to the tourist police, Fraser received a call from Weligama police that requested to speak in person. “They marched me into a room where they told me to sit down. As I walked into this room, the four men who had assaulted me were standing in that room. I was told to write a letter saying that my statement was untrue. I refused”.