Breaking the Silence 2014: UCL

Students at University College London held their annual 'Breaking the Silence' exhibition this term, raising awareness of the ongoing genocide of the Tamil people and human rights abuses taking place on the island of Sri Lanka. Taking place at the North Cloisters in the Main Building, dozens of passers by stopped to view the posters and artwork on display highlighting the ongoing human rights violations taking place. After viewing the exhibition, students wrote down their thoughts, expressing shock at the deplorable situation on the island. See photos from the event below. Breaking The...

Breaking the Silence 2014: St George’s

Photographs St George's Tamil Society After last year’s first ever 'Breaking the Silence' exhibition at St George’s, the exhibition, aimed at raising awareness of the genocide of Tamils and ongoing human rights violations in Sri Lanka, was held on December 1. Organised by St George's Tamil Society together with St George's Amnesty, the exhibition was set up outside St George’s Library, a hotspot for students ahead of January exams. As the day went on students stopped by, expressing their shock to the organisers that one of the top tourist and elective destinations had such a dark story hidden...

Tamils celebrate Christmas in Batticaloa despite heavy rains and flooding

Photographs BattiNews Tamils on the island of Puliyentheevu in Batticaloa gathered today to celebrate Midnight Mass despite heavy rains and flooding causing mass displacement across the East.

Breaking the Silence Journal: London Metropolitan University

The London Metropolitan University held its annual ‘Breaking The Silence’ awareness raising exhibition on December 9, highlighting the ongoing genocide committed against Tamils in Sri Lanka. The exhibition, displaying posters highlighting genocidal processes and mass atrocities committed against Tamils, was organised by the London Metropolitan University Tamil Society (LMTS) outside the university undergraduate office. The exhibition attracted interest from several students, who left messages expressing solidarity with the Tamil people in Sri Lanka. "We as a committee wanted to raise...

Breaking the Silence Journal: Kings College London

Kings College London held its annual 'Breaking the Silence' exhibition on the November 20, to raise awareness among fellow students of the human rights violations and mass atrocities committed against Tamil civilians in Sri Lanka. The exhibition, located in the university's ‘The Spit’ - a bustling area where students pass en route to the lecture theatres, was run by members of the KCL Tamil Society. The atrocities, including torture, sexual violence, enforced disappearance, war crimes and genocide, were exhibited through posters, paintings and a visual timeline of key events during the ethnic...

Youth Tamil footballer to train with top English Footballing Association scouts

A young Tamil footballer from Ilford, will have the opportunity to train with Premier League talent scouts after winning a national football competition last month. After being ranked first out of over 500 footballing applicants in the under-16 category, Raj Vijayarajah, will be given the chance to train at the English Football Association’s St George’s Centre of Excellence.

Breaking the Silence Journal 2014: Cardiff University

Cardiff Tamil Society kicked off this year's Breaking the Silence campaign by holding a week long exhibition, raising awareness of the ongoing genocide committed against Tamils in Sri Lanka. Organised in collaboration with the university's Amnesty International society, the campaign outlined the ongoing genocide and human rights abuses of the Tamil nation through a combination of posters, artwork, and informative conversation. The exhibition, held at the IV Lounge, Neuadd Merionydd building in the Heath Park campus and at the Cardiff University Law School, drew the attention of dozens of...

Tamil students inspired to excel at UKTSU's Careers Network 2014

Photography - Soozana Pvan Over 100 Tamil students and top professionals from several key industries came together for the UK Tamil Students Union's (UK TSU) careers event - Careers Network 2014 on October 30. Part of UKTSU's Careers Development Scheme, the event which was launched last year, offers aspiring school students one to one mentorship for UCAS applications, careers talks at schools throughout London and one to one interview preparation. Over 30 professionals from UKTSU’s network attended the event to provide free advice, work placement opportunities and CV guidance to the students...

Barts and London University Tamil Society host language workshop

The Barts and the London University Tamil Society and the university's Language and Culture Society, joined forced to host a ‘Basic skills in the Tamil language’ workshop on October 6th. The workshop looked to promote the language Tamil, emphasising its importance even in modern society, becoming one of the most common languages spoken in areas such as East London. This also looked to tackle the growing issue of an ageing population becoming more dependent on Tamil speaking doctors and medical students, and thus by promoting a better understanding of the language enables these medical...

Canada's York Uni introduces landmark Tamil studies award

Canada's York University has established the country's first ever scholarship graduate award in Tamil studies last month. The N. Sivalingam Award in Tamil Studies was founded by the university's alumni couple, Harini Sivalingam and Gary Anandasangaree, in memory of Ms Sivalingam's father. The Sivalingam award is intended to encourage and promote research on Tamil language, history, culture, society or the Tamil diaspora, the university said . N Sivalingam (Photo: York University) “When my sister and I were growing up in Toronto, my father encouraged us to take Tamil language classes,...

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