admin | January 15th, 2016 | No Comments »
British Tamil People thank our prime minister Rt Hon David Cameron for his Thai Pongal message to the community. We also wish to express our gratitude for the efforts of the UK government under his leadership in finding solutions to the problems faced by our kith and kin in the island of Sri Lanka.
We hope the dawn of Thai (Thai Piranthal Vazhi Pirakkum) will mark the dawn of peace with dignity for the people.
We hope the third visit of Mr. Hugo Swire, minister of state for the foreign & commonwealth office, will make real changes to their lives. We hope the Sri Lankan state will heed the calls to implement the UN resolution it had sponsored in full; setting up a hybrid investigative mechanism in consultation with the victims in Sri Lanka and in the diaspora, demilitarise the Tamil Homeland and allow all those displaced by the military high security zones to return to their original homes without further delay. We also hope that a meaningful political solution will be found this year.
We wish all the Tamils world over a happy and peaceful Thai Pongal.
Thai thiru naal vaazthukkal.
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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. Read More
admin | June 23rd, 2015 | No Comments »
During the final stages of the 2009 war between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and the Sri Lanka’s forces, approximately 18,000 Tamils, alongside political leaders of the LTTE Mr. Nadesan and Mr. Pulithevan, surrendered to the Sri Lankan security forces. Six years on, there is still no knowledge to the whereabouts of these Tamils.
Whilst repeatedly disregarding calls to provide a comprehensive list of detainees, the Sri Lankan government has been inconsistent with its figures in relation to the number of detainees involved.
Meanwhile considerable evidence of arbitrary killings of those who surrendered after enduring the mass atrocities committed in Sri Lanka’s No Fire Zone has emerged. This includes the high profileTamil journalist and television broadcaster, Isaipriya, who was pictured alive in Sri Lankan military custody before being found killed.
Sri Lanka’s own updated census records reveal that over 146,679 Tamils remain unaccounted for since the end of the war.
Though a Presidential Commission of inquiry for missing persons has been set up in Sri Lanka, it has been consistently been rejected by the Tamils in the North-East, whilst several reports of families being forced or coerced to sign death certificates for missing family members have emerged.
Any lasting peace on the island of Sri Lanka will require the truth about the fate of those who surrendered at the final stages of the war to come to light.
This event will provide statements from first hand witnesses of the surrendering process during the final stages of the war and contextual analysis of the current situation in Sri Lanka.
PasumaiThayahamFoudnation in association with BTF and USTPAC
Human rights in Sri Lanka: The Case of detainees and disappearances
When: Wednesday 24th June
admin | June 3rd, 2015 | No Comments »
The British Tamils Forum (BTF) has long recognised the important role India plays in the region and in the outcome of Tamil peoples’ struggle for justice and freedom. BTF together with our long term community partner organisation, Hindu Council UK (HC UK) met with Indian High commission officials in London recently to highlight the immediate needs of the people in the North East of the island and measures which ought to be implemented immediately by the new Sri Lankan government.
BTF requested the Indian government to take up these matters urgently with the new Sri Lankan regime. The proposals included urgent measures to address humanitarian issues faced by the Tamil people in their homeland, taking into account the long term strategic interests of the Tamil nation.
Our long term strategy to engage with India through political and diplomatic means recognises the geopolitical significance of India in the region. BTF shares the same strategic vision with India, for a peaceful neighbourhood that ensures stability in the region and protects India’s long term security interests in its southern borders. Tamils in the island of Sri Lanka have a very long historic tie with India through cultural, religious and linguistic affinity are natural allies of India.
We have been continuously engaging with New Delhi based political parties since 2010. This included meeting with the then BJP leader Nitin Gatkari in 2011, senior BJP officials and a Minister in November 2014. Our long standing Indian community partner, the influential HC UK facilitated the recent meeting with the Indian High Commission officials in London. Although Tamils have historic grievances about India’s handling of our struggle in the past, we are moving forward, engaging with India, to address the immediate needs of our people in the North East of Sri Lanka and to find a lasting political solution to enable Tamils in Sri lanka live in peace and dignity.
The diplomatic engagements will continue in London and New Delhi to further develop the understanding between Tamil Diaspora and India in addition to strengthen the strategic ties between India and Tamils in the North East of the island of Sri Lanka.
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
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
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
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.
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
admin | March 24th, 2015 | No Comments »
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.’