Response to Times of India article: “Tamil body wants India help to find Lanka solution”

admin | August 26th, 2014 | No Comments »

BTF would like to state publicly that it has been misquoted by a Times of India correspondent in that newspaper’s recent article “Tamil body wants India help to find Lanka solution”, which appeared on its online edition dated Aug 26, 2014.

The article implies that Mr Nirmalan, representing BTF, said that “the diaspora can’t be an advocate for Eelam”; however, Mr Nirmalan refutes this allegation, which is in contradiction with BTF’s well-known and longstanding position in support of Tamil Eelam. Mr Nirmalan during his interview specifically mentioned that every Tamil’s dream is an independent Tamil Eelam, as was extensively reported by other media. All the democratic referendums conducted in the diaspora have overwhelmingly given support to an independent Tamil Eelam, and any diaspora organisation representing the wishes of the people cannot go against such a popular mandate of the Tamil people. Furthermore, BTF has stated on many occasions that the Tamils living on the island of Sri Lanka and those living around the world must be seen as part of a single community, whose wishes and aspirations must be considered as a whole.

We request that the Times of India amends its news report and publishes this objection with equal prominence to the original article.

Rally to Remember Black July

admin | July 11th, 2014 | Comments Off

BTF Human Rights Team follows up on the HRC Resolution in Geneva

admin | June 19th, 2014 | Comments Off

Members of the Human Rights Team of BTF are currently present in Geneva attending the 26th Session of the UN Human Rights Council. The Human Rights Team persistently work for justice for the suffering Tamils in our homeland in the North and East of the Island of Sri Lanka. Read More

BTF condemns recent attacks on Muslims in Sri Lanka

admin | June 17th, 2014 | Comments Off

British Tamils Forum joins the international community in condemning the violence that is currently being targeted at the Muslim community in Sri Lanka. A Sri Lankan state supported organisation, the Bodu Bala Sena, which has very close links with the Defence Secretary Mr Gotabaya Rajapakse, is directly involved in the violence. On 15 June, the General Secretary of this organisation delivered an openly racist speech citing Muslims as a threat to the Sri Lanka’s Sinhala identity. Consequently, Sinhala thugs have attacked Muslim owned shops and houses in southern towns and cities. Read More

British Tamils Mark Fifth Anniversary of Mullivaikkal Massacre with Rally at Trafalgar Square

admin | May 18th, 2014 | No Comments »

Several thousand British Tamils attended a rally organised by British Tamils Forum at Trafalgar Square on Sunday 18 May 2014 to mark the fifth anniversary of the Mullivaikkal Massacre. The event commemorated the tens of thousands of Tamil people who were killed, and many more injured, at Mullivaikkal and drew together many of those who spent weeks in Parliament Square in 2009 warning the world of the impending catastrophe.

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BTF and APPG for Tamils to hold conference on structural violence against Tamil women

admin | May 7th, 2014 | No Comments »

Following the horrific end to the armed conflict 5 years ago in May 2009, in which Tamil women became victims of sexual violence and rape as a weapon of war, they continue to be subjected to many forms of structural sexual violence perpetrated by the Sri Lankan military occupying the Tamil Homeland. The social stigma attached to the victims afflicted by sexual violence, is preventing them escaping from one of the most persistent and most neglected injustices in the world. They remain vulnerable and exposed to further violence and exploitation by predators.

While we remember this May the deaths of over 70,000 innocent Tamil civilians who were killed during the final 5 months of that armed conflict, and 146,679 people who still remain unaccounted for, we must not forget the over 90,000 Tamil war widows. The structural violence against these women is destroying individuals, families and the Tamil Nation in the Island of Sri Lanka.

To shine a spotlight on these issues, British Tamils Forum and the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils will hold a conference at the UK Houses of Parliament on 13 May 2014, bringing together civil society experts, MPs from UK and Sri Lanka, witnesses, and victims to speak of the structural violence against Tamil women in the Island of Sri Lanka.

Rally to commemorate fifth anniversary of Mullivaikkal Massacre

admin | May 7th, 2014 | 122 Comments »

Venue: Trafalgar Square, London (nearest station: Charing Cross)
Time: 4-8pm, Sunday 18 May 2014

Five years on from May 2009, when Sri Lanka’s decades-long persecution of the Tamil people reached its violent climax on the shores of Mullivaikkal, British Tamils will commemorate the tens of thousands of Tamils who were killed and the many more who were injured, disappeared or raped.

The rally, which will be held in Trafalgar Square, London, will not only remember those who were killed and wounded in 2009, but also the thousands of Tamils who continue to be killed, tortured, abused and harassed every day in Sri Lanka, in what the Tamil people believe to be a continuing programme of structural genocide.

British Tamils will also press world leaders to honour their promise to obtain justice for the victims of Sri Lanka’s oppression of the Tamil people.

British Tamils Forum encourages both Tamils and the wider British community to join us in remembrance of the victims of this ongoing conflict on the island of Sri Lanka.

Land grabs conference report published

admin | May 5th, 2014 | No Comments »

BTF has published its report on the International Conference on State Grabs of Tamil Land in the Island of Sri Lanka, which took place between 31 January and 2 February 2014 in London, organised jointly by BTF and the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils.

Sri Lanka is on the UK’s Country of Concern list

admin | April 11th, 2014 | No Comments »

Foreign and commonwealth office has raised concern over Sri Lanka on their recent human rights report published on 10th of April 2014. There are 27 other Countries of Concern also listed in their latest annual Human Rights Report. Full report can be accessed on the following link.
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/sri-lanka-country-of-concern

All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils responds to Sri Lanka’s move to proscribe diaspora organisations

admin | April 2nd, 2014 | 70 Comments »

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils has released the following statement today in response to the Sri Lankan government’s decision to proscribe a number of diaspora organisations, including British Tamils Forum.

Click here to download this statement (pdf).

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