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GTF dismayed at delay to ensure accountability in Sri Lanka14 August 2017

The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) is dismayed that more than eight years after the end of war, Sri Lanka has yet to demonstrate that it is genuinely committed to addressing the accountability issues occurred during the brutal armed conflict.

GTF complains of delay in addressing accountability issues by govt13 August 2017

The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) expressed dismay Saturday that more than eight years after the end of war, "Sri Lanka has yet to demonstrate that it is genuinely committed to addressing the accountability issues occurred during the brutal armed conflict.

GLOBAL TAMILS FOR UNITED LANKA22 July 2017

Recently a group of members of the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) comprised of 17 medical professionals from the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, the United States, France, Germany, Norway and Bahrain, over the course of nine days.

Lanka sledgehammered by UN18 July 2017

Ben Emmerson, QC, UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms, while countering terrorism, is fully cognizant of Sri Lanka’s long and complex history of ethnic tensions and the tremendous security challenges this has generated.

GTF conducts medical relief camps in flood-affected south16 July 2017

The UK headquartered Global Tamil Forum (GTF) has for the first time organized a medical relief operation in the south with the participation of Sarvodaya.

GTF Medical Professionals Assist Flood Victims15 July 2017

17 medical professionals of SL origin who are members of the GTF from the UK, Aus, Canada, Norway, the US, France, Bahrain and Germany worked in partnership with the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement,  alongside local doctors.

Government reaches out to leading Tamil diaspora group14 July 2017

The Government hailed the assistance given by the Global Tamil Forum (GTF), a leading Tamil diaspora group, for the families affected by the recent floods in Sri Lanka.

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Concerted actions by domestic pro-democracy elements and the international community are musts to restore parliamentary democracy in Sri Lanka12 November 2018

Sri Lanka’s constitutional crisis is deepening. Only a few days ago, President Sirisena ominously warned that he had more ‘tools’ at his disposal, implying more to come in the ‘constitutional coup’ he had set in motion. True to his word and on top of his earlier actions, including illegal transfer of power from a sitting Prime Minister and proroguing the Parliament without consulting the Speaker, President Sirisena has dissolved the Parliament without any legitimate explanation. The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) condemns these unconstitutional and illegal actions in the strongest possible terms.

Global Tamil Forum (GTF) urges the international community to do all that is needed to swiftly restore constitutional processes in Sri Lanka01 November 2018

President Sirisena while addressing the United Nations General Assembly on September 26th, urged the world to look at Sri Lanka with ‘a fresh pair of eyes’ considering the “tremendous progress” made by his government towards reconciliation, restoration of democratic freedom, human rights and the rule of law. He went on to announce, “I am pleased to state that I was able to relinquish these emperor-like excessive powers and transfer them to the Parliament of Sri Lanka, fulfilling the utmost duty of an elected leader.” It is indeed an irony of the highest degree, exactly a month later, on October 26th, President Sirisena unconstitutionally sacked the Prime Minister and then prorogued the Parliament without consulting its Speaker, with the aim to give time ‘to alter the balance of power by unscrupulous means.’

Global Tamil Forum welcomes the appointment of Michelle Bachelet as the UN Human Rights High Commissioner18 August 2018

The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) would like to congratulate former President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, on her appointment as the seventh UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. We also express our appreciation to the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, in facilitating the appointment of such an eminent person with indisputable record of national and global leadership on human rights.

Global Tamil Forum deplores reintroduction of capital punishment for drug trafficking in Sri Lanka16 July 2018

The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) deplores reports that the Sri Lankan cabinet committee has decided to reintroduce death penalty for those convicted of drug trafficking. GTF is deeply concerned that the desire to reintroduce death penalty -after a period of more than 40 years of moratorium- fits into an emerging pattern in the country where toying with extreme ideas are becoming mainstream and acceptable.

Global Tamil Forum calls for concerted attempts by all concerned to address accountability issues in Sri Lanka12 August 2017

The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) is dismayed that more than eight years after the end of war, Sri Lanka has yet to demonstrate that it is genuinely committed to addressing the accountability issues occurred during the brutal armed conflict. Despite twice co-sponsoring UNHRC resolutions calling for comprehensive transitional justice measures, the present coalition government has not lived up to its commitments and yet to take any meaningful steps in this respect.