April 19, 2009 Comments Off on Tamil protests in UK and update on hunger striker into his 12th day
April 18, 2009 Comments Off on Photos from Canberra Rally 17/04 8000 attend
April 12, 2009 Comments Off on World-wide rallies by Tamils update – 100 000 rallying in London
Guardian : A change of tactics?
The Daily Telegraph : Truce call for Sri Lanka as 100,000 rally in London
Global Mail : Lift Tamil Tiger ban, protesters in Ottawa urge
Radio Netherlands : Hague police arrest Tamil demonstrators
April 10, 2009 § 2 Comments
The protest by UK Tamils at Parliament Square calling for an immediate internationally monitored ceasefire is in its fourth day. Duringthe first 24 hours the protesters occupied and blocked the Westminster Bridge.
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The Independent : A fight to the death in Westminister
The Independent : The Sense of persecution driving the protesters
April 10, 2009 § 1 Comment
AFP: US urges political settlement in Sri Lanka
The United States on Wednesday urged Sri Lanka’s government to reach a political settlement with the Tamil minority and urged Tamil rebels to free civilians trapped in the bloody conflict.
UK Special Envoy to SL writes:
…There are credible reports that civilians are being killed and wounded daily because of the fighting…Unfortunately, the Government of Sri Lanka still refuses to accept an envoy, even though President Rajapakse said before the appointment that his government would work with one. Their response is obviously disappointing. It is also difficult to understand…
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National Post: Canada wants Sri Lanka ceasefire, Tamil protests continue
Rejecting a call by the Sri Lankan envoy to Canada to end days of disruptive protests in Ottawa, Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon said Thursday that Canada is pushing the United Nations for a ceasefire in the troubled South Asian country…Mr. Cannon rejected a call by the Sri Lankan high commissioner to Canada to crack down on the protesters because they were waving banners that depict a tiger in front of a pair of crossed guns. “It’s not up to me to put an end to protest,” said Mr. Cannon. “People are allowed to protest in Canada. We live in a democracy. People are allowed to go and express their ideas, their concerns.” Mr. Cannon’s remarks fly in the face of the assessment of Sri Lankan envoy Daya Perera, who said Wednesday that: “there is a limit; the freedom of expression has to stop somewhere.”
April 3, 2009 Comments Off on Foreign Secretary David Miliband issues a written ministerial statement on SL
The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (David Miliband): Together with my right hon Friend the Secretary of State for International Development, I would like to update the House on the current situation in Sri Lanka, our continuing concern and the action we have been taking.
The fate of civilians caught up in the fighting in the north of Sri Lanka between the government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is the most pressing concern. It is vital that they are able to move away from danger to safety.