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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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Dr Navi Pillai receives book on proliferating Buddhist structures

British Tamils Forum’s publication “Proliferating Buddhist Structures in Tamil Homeland – Sowing the Seeds of Disharmony” was presented to Dr Navi Pillai at Ilankai Thamil Sangam Annual event facilitated by USTPAC held on 5th November 2016 at Monroe Township, New Jersey, USA.

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UK statement deleivered during the 33rd session of the Human Rights Council under Item 2.

The UK’s statement on Sri Lanka said the following, “We welcome Sri Lanka’s continued progress on implementing resolution 30/1, most recently through the law to establish an Office of Missing Persons. This is a significant step towards reconciliation. However, much remains to be done including: repealing the Prevention of Terrorism Act; releasing more civilian land occupied by the military; delivering on the commitment to devolve political authority through constitutional reform; and putting in place credible transitional justice mechanisms. We remain committed to the full implementation of resolution 30/1 and stand ready to help the Sri Lankan Government with this.”

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Keep victims at the centre of Justice, Truth and Reparation Efforts – Amnesty International

In 2015, Sri Lanka co-sponsored Human Rights Council Resolution 30/1 Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka.1 There have been positive developments since then, including increased openness to engage with Special Procedures. However, slow progress in delivering on many aspects of the ambitious agenda coupled with lack of transparency has led some victims and human rights defenders to express frustration.

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Mullivaikkal Genocide Remembrance Day was held on 18th May 2016, in London.

The British Tamil people gathered again in large numbers to remember and reflect their kith and kin who were massacred in a genocide by the Sri Lankan state and to demand for justice from the International Community.

As in the past six years, the commemoration event, co-ordinated by British Tamils Forum in the UK, brought together British Tamil people to remember their loved ones who perished in the Mullivaikkal Genocide in 2009.

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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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