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Tamil NGO delegates intimidated at UN Human Rights Council
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Tamil NGO delegates were subject to intimidation tactics by members of the Sri Lankan delegation reported the news agency, Agence France-Presse (AFP), on Thursday.

Delegates were targeted with photography and video inside the main plenary room at the UN, and during side line event hosted by Sri Lanka. A formal complaint has been lodged with security officers, AFP reported.

A Tamil delegation, including members of the British Tamil Forum (BTF), Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC), Tamil Youth Organisation UK (TYO UK) and US Tamil Political Action Council (USTPAC) were attending the 19th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

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Singapore prime minister presents Modi with Tamil Murasu newspaper
Singapore’s prime minister Lee Hsien Loong presented India’s prime minister Narendra Modi a copy of the Tamil Murasu, which first reported on India’s recognition of Singapore as an independent country in 1965. [more]

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Sri Lankan government must respect feelings of student who committed suicide - Northern Province CM

The best way the Sri Lankan government can pay tribute to the Tamil youth that took his own life calling for the release of political prisoners would be to respect his genuine feelings, the Chief Minister of the Northern Province has said. [more]

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Sri Lanka strips NPC members of police protection after Maaveerar Naal
Sri Lanka’s government has withdrawn police protection given to certain members of the Northern Provincial Council as of 27th November. Protection given to Northern Provincial Council members Ananthi Sasitharan, [more]

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Sri Lankan president to be nominated for Nobel Peace Prize says minister

A Sri Lankan government minister told parliament on Friday that President Maithripala Sirisena is to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Tourism and Christian Affairs Minister John Amaratunga said that Mr Sirisena’s nomination was being discussed by several countries, [more]

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Families of the missing and disappeared protest in Jaffna
Families of Tamil the missing and those who were disappeared after being detained by the Sri Lanka military protested on Saturday in Jaffna demanding all details of their possible whereabouts to be released. ##### The protest is the latest in a series of such demonstrations on missing persons and the continued detention of Tamil political prisoners. Holding photographs of their missing children, [more]

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Students at Eastern Uni mark Maaveerar Naal
Photographs: Theechudar Students at the Eastern University in Batticaloa marked Tamil National Remembrance Day on Friday, [more]

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Maaveerar Naal commemorated in Trincomalee

Tamil Guardian 28 November 2015
UK pledges 6.6 million for military reform, displaced persons and reconciliation in Sri Lanka

Britain announced that it will provide £6.6 million over 3 years to Sri Lanka in order to support “military reform, displaced persons and reconciliation” on the island and deliver on committments set out in a UN Human Rights Council resolution.

The announcement was made as British Prime Minister David Cameron met with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Malta on Friday.

A press release from 10 Downing Street said the funding would “help to deliver the commitments set out in the historic UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution that was adopted in October including demilitarisation and land returns”.

“The UK is clear that credible investigations into alleged war crimes during Sri Lanka’s civil war are vital, [more]

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