WHATS THE WAY FORWARD FOR JUSTICE FOR THE SRI LANKAN TAMILS?
Speaker : TU Senan. Senan is the International Coordinator for TamilSolidarity in Britain. Senan has been an active campaigner for the rights of Tamils in Sri Lanka among the Tamil diaspora and Europeans. He has also travelled to Sri Lanka and India to campaign for Sri Lankan Tamil rights and for international solidarity.
Date/Time : 5/5/2012 ( Saturday), 7.30pm
Venue : PUSAT RAKYAT LOYARBUROK. 3-4, 4TH FLOOR, JALAN BANGSAR UTAMA 3, 59000 KUALA LUMPUR (behind Bangsar LRT station).
Language : Tamil and English
Contact : Maha (0178811360); Yuva (0126075100)
Tamil Solidarity (http://www.tamilsolidarity.org/), formerly known as Stop the Slaughter of Tamils (SST), was set up in response to the terrible slaughter of thousands of Tamil people, the siege in Sri Lanka’s north-eastern coastal strip, the lack of medical aid, nutrition, water and sanitation. Hundreds of thousands of people were caught in this trap. Now they live in militarised villages – open prisons, in reality. The first meeting of SST was held in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, in early March 2009, bringing together Sri Lankan and Indian Tamils, trade union organisers, journalists, as well as Sinhala activists who totally oppose the brutal sectarian politics of the Rajapakse government. That was followed by a public meeting of 600 people which included a statement from Ms. Arundhati Roy, the Booker Prize winning Indian author. The call was put out to spread this campaign around the world and on 21st March 2009, SST held its first meeting in Britain. An international day of action was organised to highlight the Indian government’s military aid to Sri Lanka and its big-business exploitation of the Sri Lankan economy – with protests at Indian embassies in Britain, Ireland, Sweden, Israel and many other countries. Since then Tamil Solidarity has organised several protests, meetings, debates at universities etc. Around the world, the Tamil Diaspora responded to the slaughter of Tamil people with ferocious and courageous protest movements. Tamil Solidarity supported these protests and continues to support them. We aim to build support and solidarity with other groups, communities, trade unions etc.