Eezham Tamils demonstrate outside US Embassy in London

[TamilNet, Friday, 16 March 2012, 23:08 GMT]
Targeting the US draft resolution to be tabled in Geneva later this month, hundreds of Tamils gathered outside the US Embassy in London on Friday demanding that an independent international investigation into the genocide of Eezham Tamils in their homeland be included in the resolution at the 19th session of the UN Human Rights Council. Arranged at short notice by the Tamil Coordinating Committee UK (TCCUK), the demonstration drew a cross section of Eezham Tamils in the UK, including significant number of youth. Demonstrators held placards that identified Eezham Tamils as a nation and asked the international community to initiate a UN-sponsored referendum to resolve their national question.

Demonstration in front of US Embassy in UK


This is the first time in recent years that Eezham Tamils have held a demonstration in front of a US diplomatic mission.

Demonstrators spoke to passersby and took time to explain the protracted nature of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity that had been committed by the Sri Lankan state against Eezham Tamils ever since its so-called independence in 1948. They also asked for justice to be placed above geo-politics in dealing with Eezham Tamils and the Sri Lankan State.

Slogans emphasised need for immediate withdrawal of Sinhala armed forces from the Tamil homeland, unconditional release of all Eezham Tamils detained by Sri Lanka and a UN-sponsored referendum with independent and sovereign state of Tamil Eelam as an explicit option.

Event organisers handed over to the Sri Lanka section of the embassy a copy of the joint statement and resolution released by a coalition of 12 grassroot Tamil organisations from around the world on 13 March 2012.

Demonstration in front of US Embassy in UK
Demonstration in front of US Embassy in UK


Chronology:

 

Latest 15 Reports
14.07.20 22:14  
SL Navy ‘updates’ records of ex-LTTE members in Moothoor East
13.07.20 16:30  
Sonia-Rahul’s Congress advocates India strengthening US-led “Quad” alliance
12.07.20 10:04  
Sinhala Police OIC hit Tamil women with vehicle for opposing monks-led heritage ‘task force’
11.07.20 03:40   Photo
CBK, Kadirgamar condemned at Navaali genocidal massacre remembrance event
10.07.20 00:05   Photo
SL Police harasses Shivajilingam at 25th Remembrance of Navaali massacre in Jaffna
09.07.20 09:33  
SL Navy brutally assaults Tamil fishers in Mullaith-theevu
08.07.20 16:33   Photo
Sinhala colonists encroach into Kangku-veali, Mean-kamam reservoirs in Trincomalee
07.07.20 19:36   Photo
Colombo schemes to expand ilmenite scooping into North from Pulmoaddai in East
06.07.20 19:06  
Colombo transfers Tamil Political Prisoners to notorious Anuradhapura prison
05.07.20 23:06   Photo
University students, Shivajilingam brave SL harassment to commemorate fallen Black Tigers
04.07.20 22:28   Photo
Monk commanding Sinhala-Buddhicisation of North-East threatens Tamil villagers in Batticaloa
03.07.20 19:28   Photo
After Naavat-kuzhi, Colombo targets Poonakari for Sinhala colonisation across Jaffna lagoon
02.07.20 22:26  
Colombo imposes restrictions on Tamil valour related symbolism in schools of North
01.07.20 13:22  
New secret unit among four SL military and police squads competing to arrest Tamil youth in North
30.06.20 22:10  
Tamils blocked from accessing properties near SL Navy training base in Champoor, Trincomalee
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=34998