Appointment of Mr Lee Scott as Ambassador of Justice for Tamils

admin | August 13th, 2015 | No Comments »

The Island of Sri Lanka was two nations for several centuries. The Tamil people in the island of Sri Lanka who constitute a nation have been struggling for the past six decades to reinstate their lost independent sovereignty. The Tamil people have on numerous occasions expressed their will to break free from the genocidal Sri Lankan state in order to preserve their identity and to protect their future generations from annihilation.

The British Tamils Forum (BTF) which adheres to democratic non-violent path in winning the freedom of the Tamil people has been at the forefront in supporting the people on the ground in their struggle for freedom and justice.

Mr Lee Scott has been an ardent supporter of the Tamil peoples struggle for freedom and justice during the past decade.  As an elected MP he has been a constant voice of the Tamil people in the UK parliament.  He represented the Tamil people’s interest as the Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils campaigning at all levels including the UN.  Despite having lost his parliamentary seat of Ilford North by a narrow margin in the 2015 general elections, Lee has continued his support for the Tamil people. In recognition of his services to the freedom struggle Mr Scott was awarded the Title “Ambassador of Justice for Tamils.

It is in this background that British Tamils Forum are delighted to appoint Mr Lee Scott as Ambassador of Justice for Tamils to move forward our struggle for freedom and justice.

Sri Lanka Parliament Election 2015

admin | August 13th, 2015 | No Comments »

Yet another election for the Sri Lankan parliament is scheduled for the 17 August 2015.  Parliamentary Elections in the Island of Sri Lanka have been of total irrelevance to the Tamil people ever since the island’s independence in 1948.

This parliament of a Sinhala Hegemonic state, since 1948, has been systematically destroying the foundations of the Tamil Nation, behind the cloak of a “democracy”.  The very parliament repeatedly orchestrated  anti-Tamil pogroms in which thousands of innocent Tamil people were massacred on the streets and in their own homes, by Sinhalese mobs.   It was this parliament that sanctioned the genocidal onslaught, massacring over 70,000 Tamil people in Mullivaikkal.  It executes the systematic colonisation of the Tamil Homeland with Sinhala settlers, in order to destroy the territorial integrity of Tamil people’s safe haven.  This parliament perpetuates impunity and has been standing in the way of justice to the victims of these crimes, since 1948 and continues to do so to this day.

The Tamil people have been electing their MPs to represent their interest in this parliament since 1948.  These MPs have been totally ineffective against a Sinhala hegemonic state structure which contemptuously disregards the voice of the Tamil people.  The political history of the island is replete with broken “pacts” and “agreements” between Tamil representatives and successive Sinhala leaderships.

The Sinhala Nation which dominates this parliament does not accept the Tamil Nation’s equal status in the union.  On the contrary, it is working systematically to destroy the very foundation of the Tamil Nation.

At this election the major Sinhala political parties, one of which will form the next government, have not mentioned anything in their manifestos about solving the Tamil National problem or of their policy on power sharing.  This is because they fear losing Sinhala votes.  This is a clear indicator of the unwillingness of the Sinhala Nation to share power with the Tamil Nation.

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British Tamils Commemorate 32th Anniversary of Black July Anti-Tamil Pogrom

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Tamil Community was gathered outside Downing Street today to remember the 32nd anniversary of all innocent Tamil civilians who have been brutally murdered in their own homes in 1983, as well as the hundreds of thousands of Tamils who have died since at the hands of the Sinhalese state.

Although not the first pogrom to be unleashed against the Tamils, Black July was a watershed moment in Tamil history.

Many Tamil women were raped and murdered. Thousands of Tamil owned houses, and businesses were burnt, looted and vandalised with over 200, 000 Tamil people left homeless and forced to flee to our homeland in North & East or abroad.

Disappearances in Custody Six Years Ago Today

admin | May 18th, 2015 | No Comments »

A report published today by the International Truth & Justice Project Sri Lanka call on the government of Sri Lanka to undertake credible investigations into the forced disappearance of the more than a hundred people who disappeared while surrendering to the military on this day six years ago and to indict, prosecute and convict those responsible. Families are entitled to the truth about the fate and whereabouts of loved ones.

Please see the report  - Statement 18 May 2015 ITJP-SL Disappearances

British Tamils Forum will be launching a campaign ‘Are they alive?’ today at the Mullivaaikkal Remembrance Day vigil meeting opposite the Prime Minister David Cameron’s residence at the Richmond Terrace, London, SW1. Please find the petition and support us to get our message to the UK government – Are they alive – final

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Message of congratulations from BTF to the Prime Minister David Cameron

admin | May 9th, 2015 | No Comments »

“Dear Prime Minister,

We the British Tamil people extend our heartiest congratulations on an historic victory by you and the Conservative Party at the parliamentary elections on 7th May 2015.

We are heartened to note that there will be continuity in the management of the UK economy and a strong foreign policy ensuring justice and fairness around the world.

The Tamil people are grateful for your leadership in standing by them in their quest for justice. We have no doubt that your open support for an International Independent Investigation in Sri Lanka and your role in the UN resolution against the Sri Lankan state had major influence on how the British Tamil people voted at this election.

The Tamil people’s faith in your commitment to ensure justice is further consolidated by your Party election manifesto and your commitment to stick to it.

Once again we congratulate you on this victory and pledge our support for your plans for the future of Britain.”

Message of congratulations of BTF to the Rt Hon David Cameron MP

Remembering the Mullivaikkal Massacre – 6 Years On

admin | April 28th, 2015 | No Comments »

Join us in Central London on Monday 18 May to remember the tens of thousands of Tamils who were killed at Mullivaikkal in May 2009. Jolt the conscience of the international community, which failed the Tamils in 2009, and has still not delivered us justice today. Help us call for a robust international, independent investigation into the ongoing structural genocide against the Tamil Nation.

Rally starts: 2pm, Whitehall Place, Northumberland Avenue, SW1A

Nearest station: Embankment

Tamil Community celebrate Lee Scott’s contribution to justice for Tamil people in the Island of Sri Lanka

admin | April 28th, 2015 | No Comments »

At a ceremony hosted by the British Tamils Forum on Sunday 26th of April 2015 at Wanstead Rugby Football Club for the former MP and Chair of All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils (APPG for Tamil) Lee Scott, was presented with an award on behalf of the Tamil Community marking his valued contribution to the ongoing campaign‎.

Lee was given the title “Ambassador of Justice for Tamils” reflecting his tireless hard work as an MP through APPG for Tamils and in bringing together the support of cross party parliamentarians to ensure that the Tamil cause for justice is always at the foremost of discussions here and abroad.   This has made the APPG for Tamils as one of the strongest groups.

Lee is committed to the fight for an International Independent Investigation, ‎and his calls for information on missing people, deportations,  recognition of the genocide that occurred has been second to none and he has pledged this will not stop until justice is achieved. Lee has carried this message to the UNHRC‎ in Geneva, through debates at Westminster, meetings with ministers and dignitaries and attending rallies, conferences. He has promised to always be at the side of the Tamil community.

Lee also said the lasting peace to the Island of Sri Lanka is only possible through recognising the right to self-determination of Tamil people.

Lee as a candidate for Ilford North will have the support of the Tamil Community for him to return to the parliament to continue his work for all Communities in Ilford North.

Redbridge Council Calls on the UK Government and the United Nation to Deliver Justice to the Tamils of Sri Lanka

admin | March 30th, 2015 | No Comments »

The Council of the London Borough of Redbridge passed a historic motion on 19 March 2015 calling for justice for the Tamil people of Sri Lanka and for a permanent solution to the conflict in that island which will meet the aspiration of the people within the Tamil nation.

The leader of the Conservative Group Cllr Paul Canal proposed the motion and Conservative councillor for Clayhall Ward, Alan Weinberg seconded it. The motion received cross party support and was carried unanimously. Read More

Ilford North Member of Parliament Lee Scott joined members of the British Tamil Forum in Geneva Switzerland at a meeting of the UN Human Rights Council

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UN Discuss Tamil Human Rights Case

Last week (19th March) Ilford North Member of Parliament Lee Scott joined members of the British Tamil Forum in Geneva Switzerland at a meeting of the UN Human Rights Council.

The BTF was seeking to gather support for the international independent investigation into war crimes, crimes against humanity and the crime of genocide against Tamil people in the island of Sri Lanka. Previous ‘inquiries’ put in place by the Sri Lankan Government have lacked credibility and impartiality being too easily influenced by the local politicians and the military.

On his trip Mr Scott, who is chairman of APPG for Tamils, met with ambassadors from the United States, Norway, Germany and the UK as well as speaking with senior UN officials.

Commenting on his experience Lee said ‘It is all too clear that the Sri Lankan Government are not going to deal with these issues in a meaningful manner and so a comprehensive international investigation is the only way forward.’ He continued ‘It was disappointed that the initial report was delayed by six months but is clear we must now press ahead. In conclusion Lee said ‘This process must look at not just the appalling crimes committed up to 2009 but also during the following years and that those responsible must be brought to justice.’

BTF rejects rumours about meeting with Sri Lankan President Maithiripala Srisena.

admin | March 8th, 2015 | No Comments »

The British Tamils Forum rejects circulating allegations that we will be holding talks with the Sri Lankan President Maithiripala Sirisena in London.

The British Tamils Forum has called for a protest in front of the Westminster Abbey by the Parliament Square tomorrow, 09.03.2015 from 2 pm until 5 pm to convey our message to her Majesty the Queen as the head of Commonwealth and the Commonwealth Leaders that Sri Lanka has violated the founding principles of the Commonwealth and continues to deny genocidal crimes committed against the Tamil people in the island of Sri Lanka.

British Tamils Forum also calls on Commonwealth Leaders to establish an independent international investigation into the genocidal crimes committed against the Tamil people in the island of Sri Lanka.

We demand the release of all political prisoners and removal of the Sri Lankan Military occupying the lands of the Tamil people.

The British Tamils Forum will continue the campaign in the UK and around the world for justice and freedom for the Tamil people in our homeland in the North and East of the island of Sri Lanka.