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9th Annual Remembrance of the Mullivaikkal Genocide

It has been nine years, since more than 450,000 Tamil people were corralled into a coastal village in the north eastern corner of the island of Sri Lanka, which the Sri Lankan state had designated as “no fire zone” and pounded with heavy artillery from land, sea and air, killing nearly a third of them and maiming tens of thousands more.

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9ஆம் ஆண்டு முள்ளிவாய்க்கால் இன அழிப்பு நினைவு கூறல்!

இலங்கைத் தீவின் வடக்கு கிழக்கில் பல்லாயிரம் வருடங்கள் வாழ்ந்து வரும் தமிழ் இனத்தின் தொன்மையும் செழுமையும் நிறைந்த வரலாறு, பண்பாடு, வாழ்வியல் பதிவுகளை சிதைத்து அழித்து எம் மக்களின் நிகழ்கால எதிர்கால அரசியல். சமூக, பொருளாதார, கலாச்சார கூட்டு விருப்பத் தெரிவுகளை நிர்மூலமாக்கி தமிழ் மக்கள் ஒரு தேசமாக ஒன்றாக வாழ்வதை மறுதலித்து கடந்த கால அழிவுகளிலிருந்து என்றுமே மீண்டெழ முடியாத பலவீனமான சமூகமாக கையறு நிலையில் தொடர்ந்து வைத்திருக்க முனையும் கட்டமைக்கப்பட்ட இன அழிப்பு தொடர்கின்றது.

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ATC, BTF & USTPAC Call for Strong Action to End Anti-Muslim Attacks in Sri Lanka & Address Root Causes

March 09, 2018 London, Washington DC, Canberra: The US Tamil Political Action Council (USTPAC), the British Tamils Forum (BTF) and the Australian Tamil Congress (ATC) express our deepest sympathies to the victims of the recent anti-Muslim pogrom in the Kandy and Amparai districts in Sri Lanka. We are deeply frustrated that ethnic violence continues, reinforcing the profound insecurity, which citizens who are neither Sinhalese and nor Buddhist feel on this multi-ethnic island. In the past two weeks Muslim homes, businesses and mosques have been destroyed in targeted attacks, with loss of lives, scores injured and substantial damage to personal property.

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Open letter from the Tamil Diaspora Organisations to Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under Secretary General for UN Peacekeeping Operations, New York

We, the undersigned, urge you to stop the planned deployment to Lebanon on Sunday 18 February 2018 of a commander of the Sri Lankan commander who has frontline combat command responsibility in the final phase of the civil war in Sri Lanka in 2008-9. We believe that, under the UN’s current vetting criteria, this commander should have been screened out of all UN peacekeeping duties. We note that the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka has been asked to vet UN peacekeepers from Sri Lanka, but consider that ultimately the responsibility lies with your department as it seeks to ensure that only “individuals with the highest standards of integrity, competence and efficiency” are hired according to UN standards.

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British Tamil Orgs write to the Home Secretary and the Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs

A joint letter to the Home Secretary and the Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs as this matter is directly relevant to both of those offices.

As you may be aware, organisations supporting this request were formed in response to the worsening humanitarian crisis of the Tamil people in Sri Lanka. We function with the specific intention of securing justice for the Tamil people in Sri Lanka, preventing further human rights abuses and ensuring that third parties such as the UK government fulfil their obligations under international law in taking action to halt the systematic and gross violations of human rights being perpetrated against the Tamil people by the Sri Lankan Government.

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Sri Lanka’s Defence Attaché Brigadier Priyanka Fernando threatened to kill the British Tamil protesters

The British Tamils Forum sincerely thank the members of APPG for Tamils, Rt. Hon Joan Ryan MP, Siobhain Mcdonald MP, Paul Scully MP and Sir Ed Davey MP for writing to the Foreign Secretary Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP calling to withdraw diplomatic papers and remove Sri Lanka’s Defence Attaché Brigadier Priyanka Fernando from the UK. We are yet to see any action by our government for that call.

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Demanding accountability for international crimes committed by Sri Lankan Armed Forces attending 2017 UN Peacekeeping Defense Ministerial Conference in Vancouver

Ottawa, ON – A coalition of organizations will be in Ottawa today at 1:30 p.m. to highlight Sri Lanka’s litany of violations of international law and to demand swift action from the Government of Canada during the upcoming UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial Conference to be held in Vancouver on November 14-15, 2017. In a letter written by the coalition to Minister Ralph Goodale, and to Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould, the coalition is asking the Canadian government to take decisive action. Minister Goodale is asked to deny entry of senior officials of the Sri Lankan armed forces to Canada under section 35(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, and Attorney General Wilson-Raybould is asked to commence an investigation into war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide under the Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act.

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Statement regarding lawsuits filed by human rights groups against General Jagath Jayasuriya for overseeing war crimes

Paul Scully MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils (APPGt) reacted to the news that Sri Lanka’s ambassador to Brazil fled his post after human rights groups filed lawsuits accusing him of overseeing war crimes in the final phase of Sri Lanka’s civil war in 2009. General Jagath Jayasuriya who has diplomatic immunity in Brazil and the five other countries where he is ambassador has reportedly left to return to Sri Lanka.

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காலத்தை இழுத்தடிக்க முடியாது!

இலங்கையில் தமிழ் மக்களுக்கு எதிரான மனித உரிமைகள் மீறலை முடிவுக்கு கொண்டுவந்து, பொறுப்புக் கூறல் மற்றும் நல்லிணக்கம் தொடர்பில் காத்திரமான நடவடிக்கைகளை மேற்கொள்ளுமாறு தமிழ் சமூகம் அழைப்பு விடுகின்றது.

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