23rd May 2018

Files on LTTE and MI5 in Sri Lanka erased at UK Foreign Office

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Britain’s Foreign Office destroyed almost 200 files on Sri Lanka dating from the start of a Tamil Tiger (LTTE) uprising during which MI5 and the SAS secretly advised the country’s security forces, it has emerged, The Guardian newspaper reported. The loss of the files means that there is almost no record of the British Government’s work with the Sri Lankan authorities at the start of a famously brutal civil war.  The destruction of the files raises fresh concerns about the Foreign Office’s attitude towards handling historic files on sensitive subjects. An official review in 2012 found that the department had destroyed thousands of documents detailing British counter-insurgency operations in Kenya and other colonies as the empire came to an end. Under the Public Records Act 1958 Government […]

Tamil Nadu Police Kill 11 Persons Including “Revolutionary Youth Front”Leader Thamizharasan in Pre-planned Firing at Three Places On Demonstrators Protesting Against Environment Polluting “Sterling”Plant in Thoothukudi.

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By Kavitha Muralidharan Thoothukudi: In an unprecedented turn of events, at least 11 protesters were killed on May 22 in Thoothukudi after police opened fire at the protest rally demanding the closure of the Sterlite unit in the town. The protest by the people of Thoothukudi against Sterlite, which they have claimed is polluting the town and resulted in a higher incidence of cancer, had reached its 100th day on May 22. This is the first time the Tamil Nadu government has responded to the protests. Activists allege that three rounds of firing at different places by the police were only an attempt to “dilute the protests”. “There was an even bigger protest on March 24 in Tuticorin against Sterlite. But it was peaceful,” says Henry Tiphagne, […]

British political leaders call for an International Tribunal to investigate Sri Lanka’s genocide

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British political leaders call for an International Tribunal to investigate Sri Lanka’s genocide   At the Mullivaikal Genocide (Sri Lanka) Remembrance Day 2018 held at the Hyde Park, London on the 18th of May 2018, organised by the British Tamils Forum, several British politicians called for setting up of an international tribunal to investigate the genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka and imposing economic sanctions against the state. During the war that ended in May 2009, around 430,000 Tamil people had taken refuge in Sri Lankan State declared safe zones in Mullivaikkal a coastal village bordering the Bay of Bengal in the North Eastern part of the island of Sri Lanka.   Having deceived and corralled the people into a narrow slither of land by designating it […]