Message from the Chair of APPG for Tamils – remembering anti-Tamil pogrom in July 1983

admin | July 24th, 2016 | No Comments »
James Berry MP said, “Today we remember Black Friday the 25 July when up to 3000 men, women and children were killed in the anti-Tamil pogrom of July 1983. The victims and their families never received justice, nor did the tens of thousands of internally displaced Tamils. That is why it is so important that we learn the lessons of Black July and do what we can to ensure justice for the victims of the more recent atrocities at the end of the Sri Lankan civil war.”

Anti-Tamil pogrom July 1983 remembrance day

admin | July 19th, 2016 | No Comments »

The British Tamils Forum is organised a vigil meeting to remember the Black July 1983, an anti-Tamil pogrom which saw a large number of innocent Tamil civilians were killed by Sinhala mobs in the Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo. It was a turning point in the Sri Lanka’s history and an all out war between the Tamil youth and the Sri Lankan Military which last for next 27 years until May 2009.

It was a Sri Lankan State sponsored massacre of Tamil people and this genocidal ideology of the Sri Lanka state still continues to this day. Until there is a change in the global political approach on Sri Lanka, the pogroms in 1956, 1958, 1977, 1983, 2009 will continue against Tamil people. Read More

தொடரும் கலாச்சார இனவழிப்பு – தமிழர் தாயகத்தில் புதிதாய் முளைத்தெழும் பௌத்த சின்னங்கள் !

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கடந்த காலங்களில் தமிழர் தாயகம் தொடர்பான பல காத்திரமான ஆய்வு தொகுப்புகளை பிரசுரித்துள்ள பிரித்தானிய தமிழர் பேரவை நடைபெறும் ஐ நா மனித உரிமைக் கழக 32ஆம் கூட்டத் தொடரில் கையளிக்கவென புதிய ஒரு ஆவணத்தை தயாரித்துள்ளனர். 2009அம் ஆண்டின் பின் தொடரும் இராணுவ ஆக்கிரமிப்பின் பன்முகப்படுத்தப்பட்ட விளைவுகளையும் குறிப்பாக சிறிதும் பெரிதுமாக புதிதாக கட்டியெழுப்பப்படும் பௌத்த சின்னங்கள் மற்றும் விகாரைகள் பற்றிய தொகுப்பு ஒன்றும் இதில் உள்ளடக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது.

இலங்கை சுதந்திரம் பெற்ற கடந்த 68 வருட காலத்தில் ஏற்கெனவே எம் கிழக்கு மாகாணத்தின் பெரும் நிலப் பரப்பு கபளீகரம் செய்யப்பட்டு விட்டது. இன்று அது தமிழர் பெரும்பான்மையை இழந்து விட்டது. அடுத்த கட்டமாக வட மாகாணத்தில் புதிய சிஙகள குடியேற்றங்களை உடனடியாகவும் எதிர்காலத்திலும் நிறுவுவதற்கான தார்மீக அடிப்படைகளை உருவாக்குவதில் சிஙகள அரச கட்டமைப்பு, இராணுவ ஆக்கிரமிப்பை பயன்படுத்தி வருகின்றது.

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The British Tamils Forum expresses our condolences to Jo Cox MP’s family and Friends

admin | June 18th, 2016 | No Comments »

The Tamil Community is shocked and saddened by the horrific murder of Jo Cox MP for Batley and Spen yesterday. A hate crime has taken away a fantastic human being from our society and her contribution to our democracy as a Member of Parliament.

At this difficult time our thoughts and prayers are with her young children and her husband Brandon, who had been robbed of the warmth of a loving mother and wife.

The tragic death of Jo Cox is an enormous loss to our democracy and the freedom we all enjoy in this country.

We pay our tribute to Jo Cox who has touched many people’s hearts in her constituency and around the world through her service as an MP and as a champion for social justice.

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

admin | May 24th, 2016 | No Comments »

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.

Following a protest march from Waterloo Place to Richmond Terrace opposite the Prime Minister David Cameron’s residence, a vigil meeting was held and it began with the participants lighting candles in silence to remember those innocent Tamil people killed. Across the world, there were similar events were held to remember this painful time for the families of those killed.

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7th year Mullivaikkal Genocide Remembrance – 18th May 2016 from 3pm

admin | April 29th, 2016 | No Comments »

The Tamil people around the world will be marking the 7th anniversary of the massacre of up to 70000 innocent Tamils civilians including women and children by the Sri Lankan military, leading up to the culmination of the war in Sri Lanka, in May 2009.

The Tamil community in the UK is organising a protest march and a vigil meeting starting from Waterloo Place at 3pm and finish at the Richmond Terrance (opposite the Downing Street) around 7pm, on the 18th May 2016.

The British Tamils Forum is organising this event to remember those innocent Tamil people killed and to call on the international community to deliver justice for the victims of genocidal crimes against our people.

We are expecting a large number of people to participate at the protest march and the vigil meeting.

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Tamils’ land occupied by Sri Lankan security forces.

admin | April 18th, 2016 | No Comments »

Nearly seven years after the end of the war, the Sri Lankan military is still occupying more than 96% of the land belonging to the Tamil people who were driven off their own lands, in the pretext of “national security”.

Field data obtained by British Tamils Forum (BTF), in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka, indicate that as of 1st March 2016, the military is occupying 67,427 acres of land belonging to the Tamil people.

During the previous government of Mahinda Rajapakse, in the North alone, nearly 70,000 acres of land was under occupation.  Since the change of government in January 2015, just over 2,500 acres of these lands has been released. This constitutes a mere 3.6% of the total land taken over in the North by the Sri Lankan military.

BTF provides below the breakdown of land occupation, obtained from primary sources in the north. Read More

BTF welcomes UK opposition leader’s support for Tamils right to self-determination.

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Britain’s main Opposition party leader Mr.Jeremy Corbyn on Monday said his Labour Party fully supports Tamils in their prolonged struggle to achieve self-determination and justice in Sri Lanka. Stressing that human rights abuses have not been fully addressed in Sri Lanka despite regime change, he said the British government should not treat countries that abuse human rights as its trade partners. “We as a party are very committed to the issues of human rights and justice. We are very committed to the rights of peoples, the Tamil people in this case to achieve their self-expression and their self-determination. That’s what we are about as a party,” the Labour leader in his address at the Tamils for Labour meeting at the Parliamentary complex on Monday. His pronouncement was welcomed by a spontaneous applause from the audience.

BTF whole heartedly welcomes the principled stand taken by the UK opposition leader and request the UK government and the other major parties in UK to recognise the Tamils right to self-determination, as a first step in finding a permanent solution to the continuing oppression faced by the Tamil people in Sri Lanka. Right to self-determination is a right recognised by the UN charter and a right given to the Scottish people with in UK. Ms. Siobhain Mc Donald ( MP) said ,’ A long term political solution that respects the Tamil right to self-determination is essential for long term stability of the region’. Read More

Annual Reception for the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils successfully hosted by the British Tamils Forum; UK Prime Minister David Cameron sends his wishes.

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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 Rt. Hon. David Cameron sent a congratulatory message to the event hosted by the chair of the APPGT Hon. Mr. James Berry, MP and attended by the Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Rt. Hon. Mr. Hugo Swire, MP.

The event was graced by many members of parliament across the parties, international diplomats, key government officials, community leaders, international media personnel, representatives of international human rights organisations, Academics and influential leaders from the Indian diaspora community in UK.

In his message Prime Minister David Cameron, extended his best wishes for the event and once again reiterated UK’s stance that Sri Lanka should fulfil the important commitments they made to the international community on accountability, rehabilitation of the war affected and political settlement with the participation and expertise of the international community. Read More

Sri Lanka must fulfil commitments under UNHRC resolution – reneging on international involvement is unacceptable- British Tamils Forum

admin | January 31st, 2016 | No Comments »

British Tamils Forum (BTF) joins other Tamil diaspora groups, Sri Lankan civil society and international NGOs in expressing serious concern with and alarm at recent statements by the Sri Lankan Government reneging on their commitments under UNHRC Resolution 30/1, which they co-sponsored in September 2015.

Over the past two weeks, Sri Lankan President, Maithripala Sirisena, has made several statements to the media expressly rejecting inclusion of foreign involvement in accountability mechanisms for mass atrocities committed during the armed conflict. These statements fly directly in the face of the UNHRC resolution, which called for the participation of “Commonwealth and other foreign judges, defence lawyers and authorized prosecutors and investigators.”

For instance, when asked about the Sri Lankan government’s efforts in implementing a United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution on accountability, Sirisena told Frontline Magazine: Read More