The 'UK will never forget the Tamil genocide' - British Ministers and MPs speak at British Tamil Conservatives Conference

Speaking at the a confrence held by the British Tamil Conservatives, UK ministers and parliamentarians thanked the British Tamil community for their contribution to the country and reaffirmed their committment to "truth, justice, and reconciliation" in Sri Lanka.

First Design of Canadian Tamil Community Centre released

For more information about the TCC or to submit your feedback on the first design visit www.tamilcentre.ca The first design of the groundbreaking Tamil Community Centre (TCC), to be built in Toronto, has been released. The TCC will be located in Scarborough, Ontario, at 311 Staines Road. The design is inspired by traditional Tamil architecture (a central courtyard), the Tamil language and concepts from ancient Sangam poetry (landscape), and the Tamil people's history of migration, refuge and asylum (a ship). The design for the TCC follows five main guidelines; (1) Programming space based on...

Thileepan commemorated in Tamil homeland despite Sri Lankan crackdown

Despite crackdowns by the Sri Lankan state across the Tamil homeland, several Tamil politicians and civil society members held private memorials for Lt Col Thileepan on Sunday, the 34th anniversary of his passing following his twelve day fast-unto-death. Students at the University of Jaffna defied threats and held a vigil at an undisclosed location on campus.

British Labour party pushes for Sri Lanka to be referred to the International Criminal Court

Speaking at the event hosted by Tamils for Labour, during the British Labour Party's annual conference, Shadow Foreign Secretary, Lisa Nandy, maintained that the party has been pushing for "concrete steps" on Sri Lanka, such as a referral to the International Criminal Court. "We pushed in March for the UN resolution to include concrete measures, such as an International Independent Investigative Mechanism (III-M) and for a referral of cases to the international criminal court. These concerete steps are really important to us" she told the conference. She further maintained that "human rights, the rule of law, freedom and democracy, will always be an essential component of Labour’s foreign policy". She also added that "if you threaten human rights anywhere you threaten human rights everywhere".

Remembering Thileepan's sacrifice 34 years on

Today marks 34 years 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 the September 15, 1987, with 100,000 people gathered around the historic Nallur Kandwaswamy Temple in Jaffna. On September 13, 1987, Thileepan put forward five demands to the Indian government following the signing of the Indo-Lanka accord in July 1987: Three decades on, Tamils continue to call for the demands made by Thileepan. Inspired by Mahatma Gandhi,...

Remembering the Nagarkovil bombings 26 years on

Today marks the 26th anniversary of the Nagarkovil massacre, where the Sri Lankan air force bombed a school in Jaffna killing dozens of Tamil school children. On September 22, 1995, a SLAF aircraft bombed the Nagarkovil Maha Vidyalayam schoolyard crammed with 750 children on their lunch break, killing more than 30 – of whom 12 were six or seven-year-olds – and injuring 150 others. The overall death toll from the raids reached 71. The bombing occurred just hours after the Sri Lankan government imposed press censor­ship on the reporting of military events. The bombing, which happened during the...

34 years since Thileepan began fast unto death

Today marks 34 years since Lt Col. Thileepan began his hunger strike at Nallur Kandaswamy Temple in protest against the failure of the Indian government to honour the pledges made to the Tamil people.

Face down, naked and left to die – Swiss guards acquitted over death of Tamil asylum seeker

A group of four Swiss guards have been acquitted over their roles in the death of a 28-year-old Tamil woman at a prison in 2018, after they delayed medical attention following a suicide attempt for 19 minutes. The woman, identified only as “Kowshika”, had fled Sri Lanka but had her asylum application rejected by Swiss authorities who subsequently detained her at the Waaghof Prison in Basel. On the morning of June 12, she was transferred to a cell with a camera "for her own safety and to monitor her state of health," according to a court indictment, with reports that she was restless,...

Remembering the Sencholai massacre 15 years on

Today marks the 15th anniversary of the massacre of 53 school girls by the Sri Lankan Air Force.

Remembering the Muttur massacre 15 years on

Image courtesy of Action Contre la Faim (ACF) On this day 15 years ago, Sri Lankan security forces summarily executed 17 aid workers from the French NGO, Action la Contre Faim (ACF), in Muttur, Trincomalee. The killings, which have since been dubbed as the 'Muttur massacre', took place at the organisation's compund where the ACF team were based as they provided humanitarian assistance to the survivors of the catastrophic tsunami in 2004. The bodies of 15 aid workers were found lying face down with bullet wounds to their heads and necks, two days after the massacre. On August 8, two more...

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