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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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Tamil Diaspora Organizations call for action on the eve of Sri Lanka’s 70th Independence Day

On February 4 Sri Lanka marks its 70th year of independence from Britain. Historically, this day has been a painful one for the Tamils both who live in Sri Lanka and those who have been forced into exile by discrimination and anti-Tamil violence. Tamil dignitaries and politicians did not attend the ceremonies celebrating the event from 1972 to 2014 in protest for the exclusion of the Tamil population from the political, economic, and cultural life of the country and the elimination of protections for non-Sinhalese Buddhist communities left embedded in the constitution at independence.

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State Minister Rt Hon Hugo Swire MP

Annual Reception for the ‘APPG for Tamils’ successfully hosted by the British Tamils Forum

The Annual Reception for the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils (APPGT) organised by the British Tamils Forum (BTF) was held on the 23rd March 2016 at the British parliament. British Prime Minister David Cameron sent a congratulatory message to the event hosted by the chair of the APPGT James Berry MP and attended by the Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Rt. Hon Hugo Swire MP.

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