The British Tamil Forum is coordinating a rally and a meeting on Saturday 18 May 2013 (the 4th Year Remembrance of Mullivaikkal Genocidal Massacre). Saturday commencing from North Carriage Drive, Hyde Park at 1pm (Closest Station: Marble Arch) and terminating in Waterloo Place at 5pm (Closest station: Piccadilly Circus).
The blatant refusal by the Sri Lankan government to give ear to the recommendations of the UN, together with its gross arrogance towards international institutions like Amnesty International, Human Rights watch and UNHCR has created an impasse in delivering justice to the victims and finding any meaningful solution to the Tamil grievances.
The BTF; having focused its attention on the current political situation in Sri Lanka, emphasises the need to boycott CHOGM to be held in Sri Lanka. BTF’s main concern is that if CHOGM-2013 is convened in Sri Lanka, automatically allow Mahinda Rajapakshe , who is already accused of Human Rights violations , War Crimes and ( a continuing ) Genocide to hold the chair of the Commonwealth for the next two years. This will not only be disgraceful to the Commonwealth and Britain, but will also create a permanent blot in their history. BTF demands that Sri Lanka be “suspend”. from the Commonwealth outright, in the backdrop of its records on human rights, war crimes and the continuing genocide.
It is ridiculous as well as painful to find that Cameroon has decided to attend CHOGM in Sri Lanka, hosted by Mahinda Rajapakshe, who acts with a dictatorial attitude (in the name of democracy) in every aspect.
Dignitaries and leading politicians from India, Sri Lanka and parliamentarians along with their counterparts in the UK will grace this occasion.
*A statement by British Tamils Forum