Sri Lanka’s victims dismayed by draft resolution at UNHRC

admin | March 4th, 2014 | Comments Off

The insubstantial draft resolution on Sri Lanka that was released yesterday at the United Nations Human Rights council (UNHRC) has greatly disappointed and shocked the Tamil people, who are the primary victims of the ongoing conflict in the Island of Sri Lanka.

The resolution text effectively calls for more of the same: it requests another update by the Human Rights Commissioner in a year’s time and makes another call on Sri Lanka to launch a credible domestic inquiry – despite the Human Rights Commissioner herself declaring that Sri Lanka has no political will to investigate itself.
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British Tamils demonstrate in London to urge UK to ensure an international independent investigation in Sri Lanka

admin | February 26th, 2014 | Comments Off

British Tamils Forum held a demonstration outside Downing Street, London, this evening calling on the Prime Minister David Cameron to keep his promise to use the UK’s position at the United Nations Human Rights Council to ensure there is an international independent investigation into the abuses that have taken place in Sri Lanka.

The demonstration came hot on the heels of a report released this week by the United Nations Human Rights Commissioner, in which she stated that Sri Lanka lacks the political will to hold a credible investigation of its own. She went on to call on the member states of the United Nations to set up an international independent investigation, as part of the international community’s duty to ensure justice and accountability prevail.

The demonstration in London took place on the same day as several Tamil rights demonstrations across the world, as the Tamil people unite in their call for justice and prepare for a pivotal moment in the history of the struggle for their rights and freedom.

BTF calls on the UK Government to carry out a full investigation into the mysterious death of a British Citizen in a Sri Lankan prison

admin | February 25th, 2014 | Comments Off

Mr Visvalingam Kobithas of Chessington, Surrey, a British Tamil who was arrested in Sri Lanka in 2007 and detained without charge for seven years, was found dead on the bathroom floor of “C” Division, Magazine prison on 24 February 2014. Previously, on 13 November 2011, he was stripped naked and attacked by fellow prisoners; he also narrowly escaped another attack in January 2012.

Mr Kobithas’s wife, Senthilrani Kobithas, and two teenage children live in the UK and have not seen him for eight years.

British Tamils Forum urges the UK government to investigate in detail the death of Mr Kobithas, just as it should investigate the death of any other British Citizen detained abroad, and to take robust action to ensure that those responsible for his death are brought to justice.

Demonstration to Call for Independent International Investigation in Sri Lanka

admin | February 22nd, 2014 | Comments Off

Join us in London on Wednesday 26 February 2014 to call on the Prime Minister to push for an International Independent Investigation into war crimes, crimes against humanity and the crime of genocide that have been perpetrated against Tamil Nation since 1948.

Demonstrations are also planned on the same day in Tamil Nadu and in other European countries. Please join the demonstration to show solidarity and to find justice for the Tamil people – let the International community know what the Tamil people want!

Venue: Whitehall (opposite the entrance to Downing Street)
Time: 4.30pm – 7pm, Wednesday 26 February 2014

British Tamils Meet Conservative Party Chairman to Discuss Independent International Investigation

admin | February 22nd, 2014 | Comments Off

Tamil constituents of Welwyn Hatfield met Conservative Party Chairman Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP on Friday 21 February 2014 to convey British Tamils’ high expectations that the UK Government will take robust steps at the forthcoming UN Human Rights Council session in March to obtain justice and accountability for the victims of Sri Lanka’s genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.

During the meeting, constituents from a wide range of ages and backgrounds reminded Mr Shapps of the long history of persecution that Tamils have faced in Sri Lanka and explained why Tamil people strongly believe they are victims of an ongoing genocide on that island. They brought up the ongoing and deepening land grabs crisis in the North and East of Sri Lanka, and the pernicious effects of the military occupation of vast swathes of Tamil land.
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British Government Confirms It Is Working Towards an Independent International Investigation

admin | February 11th, 2014 | Comments Off

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has confirmed in a meeting with UK Parliamentarians representing the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils on 10 February 2014 that it is working with international partners to set up an Independent International Investigation of abuses that took place on the island of Sri Lanka.

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Fruitful Discussion among Researchers, Politicians and Activists at Main Session of International Land Grabs Conference

admin | February 2nd, 2014 | Comments Off

The main session of the International Conference on State Grabs of Tamil Land in the Island of Sri Lanka successfully took place yesterday, 1 February 2014, at the Kennedy Lecture Theatre, University College, London. It was jointly organised by British Tamils Forum and the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils.

The session brought together Tamil politicians, international researchers and activists to discuss and debate the escalating land grabs crisis. The discussion centred on three main topics:
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Live Coverage of Land Grabs Conference Day 2

admin | February 1st, 2014 | 1 Comment »

Live Twitter updates from the second day of the International Conference on State Grabs of Tamil Land in the Island of Sri Lanka, taking place at the Kennedy Lecture Theatre, University College, London.

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Live Coverage of Land Grabs Conference Day 1

admin | February 1st, 2014 | Comments Off

Twitter updates from the first day of the International Conference on State Grabs of Tamil Land in the Island of Sri Lanka, which took place on Friday 31 January 2014 in Committee Room 14 at the UK Houses of Parliament.

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Opening Day of International Land Grabs Conference Draws to a Successful Close

admin | January 31st, 2014 | Comments Off

The first day of the International Conference on State Grabs of Tamil Land in the Island of Sri Lanka, jointly organised by British Tamils Forum and the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils, has successfully drawn to a close.

The inaugural session, which took place in Committee Room 14 at the British Houses of Parliament, began at 10am this morning with a minutes’ silence to remember all those who have lost their lives to the oppression of the Sri Lankan state. Following this, opening remarks were delivered by British Parliamentarians and long-time advocates of Tamil rights Rt Hon Lee Scott MP and Rt Hon Siobhain McDonagh MP.

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