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Sri Lanka president vows to eliminate jihadist threat

Colombo - Sri Lanka's president marked the 10th anniversary of the end of a protracted war with Tamil rebels Sunday by vowing to crush Islamist militants responsible for Easter bombings that killed 258 people.

Sri Lanka marks war anniversary with thousands still missing

Kilinochchi - Still reeling from the Easter terror attacks, Sri Lanka commemorates this weekend 10 years since the end of a bloody civil war that killed at least 100,000 people, from which the scars are still not healed.

Sri Lanka warns of Tamil separatist resurgence

Colombo - Sri Lanka's president Saturday warned that Tamil extremists were regrouping abroad to revive their demand to divide the island nation nine years after the end of its decades-long ethnic war.

Thousands gather for Pongu Tamil in Toronto urging freedom Special

Toronto - Thousands of Tamils, alongside Canadian officials, gathered at Queen's Park outside of the Ontario Legislature for Pongu Tamil (Tamil Uprising). Supporters called for social justice, human rights and Tamil independence in Sri Lanka.

Canadian officials commemorate War Crimes Day at Queen's Park Special

Toronto - Thousands of Canadian Tamils and public officials gathered in front of the Ontario Legislature at Queen's Park in Toronto to commemorate the second annual International War Crimes Day remembrance ceremony.

International Criminal Court urged to 'take action' in Sri Lanka Special

Toronto - Hundreds of Tamils gathered outside of the United States Consulate in downtown Toronto where they urged the International Criminal Court and President Barack Obama to unite with "democratic nations" to for an independent inquiry in Sri Lanka.

Are foreign entities interfering, influencing Canadian politics? Special

Toronto - Are foreign government and non-governmental organizations interfering in the Canadian democratic process? Throughout the years, certain foreign political groups have influenced political outcomes, but is it occurring now?

Officials help welcome National Council of Canadian Tamils office Special

Toronto - Members of all three levels of government in Canada and representatives of the Tamil community helped launch the official National Council of Canadian Tamils (NCCT) office in northern Toronto Saturday.

Canadian Tamils rally against escalation of violence in Sri Lanka Special

Toronto - In front of the Sri Lankan Consulate in uptown Toronto, a dozen activists and members of the National Council of Canadian Tamils gathered in order to rally against the increase of violence and murders against Tamils.

Op-Ed: What do we really know about Tamils or ship crews in news?

Vancouver - Despite premature and possibly illegal claims by many people in Canada, even Ministers, that the recent Tamil arrivals and the crews of the vessels bringing them are "illegal migrants", and "human traffickers", no such claim has been legally established.

Canadian Tamils oppose proposed 'human smuggling' bill C-49 Special

Toronto - The Canadian federal government has proposed bill C-49, which is a piece of legislation that labels asylum-seeking as a "smuggling incident." The Tamil community is strongly against this bill, but would the bill deter those seeking refuge?

Tamils protest outside U.S. Consulate over Rajapaksa policies, UN Special

Toronto - Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is scheduled to visit the United Nations next week and deliver a speech to the General Assembly. Outside of the U.S. Consulate in Toronto, hundreds of Canadian Tamils protested his presence at the UN.

Massive Tamil rally planned for Rajapaksa United Nations visit

New York - Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is set to address the United Nations General Assembly next week in New York. The National Council of Canadian Tamils has announced that it will stage a massive rally opposing his visit.

Tamil coalitions congratulate Canadian government refugee stance Special

Toronto - The Coalition to Stop the War in Sri Lanka has congratulated the Canadian federal government's recent decision to grant due process to the 492 Tamil migrants who arrived in British Columbia on a boat from Sri Lanka.

What do Tamil immigrants think of Rob Ford's immigration remarks? Special

Toronto - The recent remarks made about immigration by Toronto mayoral candidate Rob Ford has united his opponents but what do immigrants themselves have to say about the candidate who remains first in the polls?

Former Sri Lankan MP M.K. Eelaventhan on politics in Sri Lanka Special

Toronto - At each rally, demonstration, political event and memorial, elderly Tamils provide their insights, experiences and analysis into the history of Sri Lanka. DigitalJournal.com caught up with former Sri Lankan Member of Parliament M.K. Eeleaventhan.

Tamil Transnational officials speak out about crisis in Sri Lanka Special

Toronto - Representatives of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam spoke about the crisis and political situation in Sri Lanka and what the Canadian federal government and international community's response should be.

Elected Tamil Representative discusses Black July, NCCT (video) Special

Toronto - National Council of Canadian Tamils (NCCT) National Youth Representative Siva Viamalachandran spoke to DigitalJournal.com about the significance of Black July, the purpose of the NCCT and the goals of Tamils everywhere.

Toronto Tamils commemorate Black July at Queen's Park (video) Special

Toronto - It has been 27 years since that fateful July week where approximately 3,000 Tamils were killed and hundreds of thousands more were displaced after Singhalese mobs burned down their homes, vandalized their businesses and killed Tamils in the streets.

Report: Ship full of 'hardcore' Tamil migrants headed to Canada Special

Colombo - Sri Lankan newspapers are reporting that a ship full of Tamils and members of the ousted rebel group, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, is headed to Canada after it was originally headed to Australia.

Canadian Tamils to elect national council representatives Special

Toronto - Tens of thousands of Canadian Tamils are taking part in June 20's National Council for Canadian Tamils (NCCT) nationwide election to elect national, provincial and regional representatives to speak for the Tamil community in Canada.

Tamil youth stand in solidarity to make a difference in Sri Lanka Special

Toronto - The eyes of children sometimes bear all the history of violence, oppression and death, which prompts them to make a difference and this is why the Tamil youth are participating in various organizations to inform and to protest international war crimes.

Toronto Tamils remember the fallen on one-year anniversary Special

Toronto - Canadian Tamils took part in a remembrance memorial around the world to commemorate the one-year civil war anniversary, which saw 40,000 of Tamil civilians killed. In Toronto, thousands of Tamils united at Queen's Park for justice and peace.

Op-Ed: Tamil Issues Are Wider Than The Borders of Sri Lanka

Andrew Moran's recent moving coverage of the worldwide Tamil election appears to suggest that this government will represent all Tamils, but a large number of Tamils live in India and Malaysia, too, and their issues are not addressed by this election.

Op-Ed: Deadly dangers of Freedom of Speech, alive tomorrow in Sri Lanka

What’s happened to journalists and others who speak out against the dictatorial government of Sri Lanka? Who’s on the “hit list” the government’s state intelligence units have drawn up? One day they’re here, the next day they’ve vanished.

Toronto Tamil spokesman explains the history, crisis in Sri Lanka Special

Toronto - The Toronto spokesperson for the Coalition to Stop the War in Sri Lanka spoke with Digital Journal about the history of Sri Lanka, the current crisis that is occurring and what he hopes to be accomplished for the Tamil people.

Has situation improved for 380,000 Tamil IDPs? Special

Colombo - It has been nearly one year since the civil war in Sri Lanka came to an end. It has been more than four months since the Sri Lankan President "released" IDPs from the camps. Two elections have taken place this year. Has anything changed for the Tamils?

Tamils to drop separatist demands, vow civil disobedience Special

Colombo - The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) party of Sri Lanka will drop its demands for an independent state and impose regional self-rule. The Tamils have also vowed civil disobedience in a campaign that was similar to Gandhi's.

Sri Lanka frees over 700 ex-militants, reunite with families Special

The government of Sri Lanka released over 700 Tamil rebels on Saturday after taking part in a rehabilitation program. The former militants were reunited with their families in a ceremony held by President Mahinda Rajapakse

Canadian Tamils vote for sovereign Tamil state within Sri Lanka Special

On Saturday, thousands of Tamils across Canada voted in a referendum that would support a sovereign Tamil state within Sri Lanka.
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The thousands who participated mourned  remembered  cheered  listened  became informed and showed th...
The thousands who participated mourned, remembered, cheered, listened, became informed and showed their pride for their Tamil culture.
More than 500 Tamils protesting in front of the U.S. Consulate in Toronto on University Avenue.
More than 500 Tamils protesting in front of the U.S. Consulate in Toronto on University Avenue.
NCCT Ontario Chairman  Arul Nalliah  (L) speaking with another activist.
NCCT Ontario Chairman, Arul Nalliah, (L) speaking with another activist.
New Democratic Member of Provincial Parliament Michael Prue.
New Democratic Member of Provincial Parliament Michael Prue.
During Tuesday s remembrance ceremony  the organizers presented attendees a dance to reflect upon th...
During Tuesday's remembrance ceremony, the organizers presented attendees a dance to reflect upon their culture.
Toronto and York Region Labour Council president  John Cartwright.
Toronto and York Region Labour Council president, John Cartwright.
The thousands who participated mourned  remembered  cheered  listened  became informed and showed th...
The thousands who participated mourned, remembered, cheered, listened, became informed and showed their pride for their Tamil culture.
The thousands who participated mourned  remembered  cheered  listened  became informed and showed th...
The thousands who participated mourned, remembered, cheered, listened, became informed and showed their pride for their Tamil culture.
Tamils taking part in the December 19  2009 national referendum.
Tamils taking part in the December 19, 2009 national referendum.
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At the remembrance memorial on May 18  a large amount of speakers  including elected officials and p...
At the remembrance memorial on May 18, a large amount of speakers, including elected officials and peace activists, addressed the audience and demanded peace, justice and an independent international inquiry into the alleged war crimes of the Sri Lankan government.
Approximately 5 000 Tamils gather at Queen s Park in front of the Ontario Legislature for Pongu Tami...
Approximately 5,000 Tamils gather at Queen's Park in front of the Ontario Legislature for Pongu Tamil.
During Tuesday s remembrance ceremony  the organizers presented attendees a dance to reflect upon th...
During Tuesday's remembrance ceremony, the organizers presented attendees a dance to reflect upon their culture.
The thousands who participated mourned  remembered  cheered  listened  became informed and showed th...
The thousands who participated mourned, remembered, cheered, listened, became informed and showed their pride for their Tamil culture.
Two Tamil supporters holding signs thanking various government  non-government and media agencies.
Two Tamil supporters holding signs thanking various government, non-government and media agencies.
At the remembrance memorial on May 18  a large amount of speakers  including elected officials and p...
At the remembrance memorial on May 18, a large amount of speakers, including elected officials and peace activists, addressed the audience and demanded peace, justice and an independent international inquiry into the alleged war crimes of the Sri Lankan government.
The thousands who participated mourned  remembered  cheered  listened  became informed and showed th...
The thousands who participated mourned, remembered, cheered, listened, became informed and showed their pride for their Tamil culture.
File photo: A demonstration in support of Sri Lanka s freedom
File photo: A demonstration in support of Sri Lanka's freedom
Toronto Centre Member of Provincial Parliament Glenn Murray.
Toronto Centre Member of Provincial Parliament Glenn Murray.
More than 500 Tamils protesting in front of the U.S. Consulate in Toronto on University Avenue.
More than 500 Tamils protesting in front of the U.S. Consulate in Toronto on University Avenue.

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