In solidarity with Jaffna uni students, British Tamils protest

In act of solidarity, British Tamils protested on Tuesday, demanding the immediate release of the four Jaffna university students arrested by the Terrorism Investigation Department for defying the Sri Lankan security forces and marking Tamil remembrance day on the 27th November. Echoing Tamil youth in Jaffna, Tamil youth in the UK, from university Tamil societies …

‘Another tour of cricket, another year of sanctioning impunity’

As the England cricket team commences its 2012 tour of Sri Lanka, the Tamil Youth Organisation UK (TYO UK) and the undersigned UK university Tamil societies continue to call on the England and Wales Cricket Board to suspend all bilateral arrangements with Sri Lanka’s national cricket team until there has been meaningful progress on ensuring …

State repression and the struggle for self-determination: strategies for resistance

Addressing a seminar led by CAMPACC (Campaign Against Criminalising Communities) on 18th March 2012 entitled, “State repression and the struggle for self-determination: strategies for resistance”, a member of TYO UK’s Analysis and Advocacy Council explained how the Tamil resistance struggle was criminalised using the ‘war on terror’ framework, and how such criminalisation and repression can …

Reconciliation is not happening in Sri Lanka, and the problem isn’t a question of time

The Tamil call for independent statehood stemmed from a very basic need for security against genocide. For many, including the next generation of Tamil youth activists, the events of 2009 consolidated this need. About the author: Dr Sivakami Rajamanoharan is an activist within the Tamil Youth Organisation UK, campaigning for the rights of Eelam Tamils. …

Tamil diaspora groups remain critical of LLRC but welcome resolution as ‘glimpse of hope’ towards accountability

Joint Statement by British Tamils Forum (BTF), Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC), Tamil Youth Organisation UK (TYO UK) and US Tamil Political Action Council(USTPAC) March 7th, 2012 – Geneva, Switzerland We welcome the proposed resolution by the Government of the United States of America at the 19th Session of the UN Human Rights Council towards holding …

Genocide continues unabated

Writing in The Platform, Mario Arulthas from the TYO UK (Tamil Youth Organisation UK) argues that the end of the armed conflict has not brought peace, but instead as the ruling regime “attempts to consolidate the Sinhala-Buddhist fascism that has plagued the island for decades”, the genocide of Tamils “continues unabated”. See here for article …

protestors abused at Sri Lanka-England cricket match

Activists of the Tamil Youth Organisation (TYO-UK) organised Tuesday’s protest between 5 and 8 pm as part of their summer-long awareness raising campaign. Activists and supporters positioned themselves at the entrance to the Oval ground, and chanted slogans, distributed leaflets, and chatted to arriving and departing spectators. Others distributed leaflets to commuters at the nearby …