Second International Conference On Tamil Nationhood And Genocide In Sri Lanka


Second International Conference On Tamil Nationhood And Genocide In Sri Lanka: Search For Justice And Post-war Rebuilding Of Tamil Nation

On this Saturday and Sunday, 5th and 6th of May, 2018, from 8:30 AM to 6:30 PM, a 2-day conference will take place at Richcraft Atrium and Conference center at Carleton University in Ottawa. Ceremonial opening session will be held at 8:00 AM on Saturday at Richcraft Atrium.

Please visit conference web page at for more details. You can register to attend the conference or donate to support the conference. A $20 fee and registration is required to attend the conference and if you already purchased the donation ticket, then there is no additional fee. There will be a dinner at Carleton Oliver’s on Saturday night with speakers and visiting guests with separate dinner ticket ($30).

For the past several decades, many conferences have been organized periodically in various countries to explain and project the just cause of the Tamil struggle. In this context, the international conference held in 1999 in Ottawa had a great significance.


The Sri Lankan government has been stalling and using dragging tactics against implementing the UN Human Rights Council Resolution which calls for international involvement via a hybrid mechanism to investigate war crimes. Another resolution, “Sri Lanka’s Genocide Against Tamils” was passed unanimously by the Northern Provincial Council, Sri Lanka back in 2015. 

Tamil diaspora from various countries have come together to organize this International Tamil Conference on 5th and 6th in May 2018 in Ottawa, the capital city of Canada. The Conference themes are Sinhala-Buddhist Ethno-nationalism and its consequences in Sri Lanka,  Genocide by any other name,  Human Rights Violations and the Search for Justice, Rebuilding Nation in today’s Geo-political context and Way Forward to Freedom and Justice.

A concluding session with parliamentarians will take place at the Parliament center block on Monday. Registration for the closing session in Parliament is fully subscribed for  Monday. However, registration for the main conference on Saturday and Sunday, is still open. To show your support, please visit this link

The conference is supported by following academic institutions:
Carleton University – Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences,
Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership, City College, New York,
York University – The School of Arts

Supporting Student associations:
Carleton University Tamil Students Association (CUTSA),
Canadian Tamil Youth Alliance  (CTYA)
University of Ottawa Tamil Student Union (TSU)
Tamil Youth Organization – Canada (TYO-Canada),
Concordia University Tamil Mantram (CUTAM)
Wilfrid Laurier University’s Tamil Students’ Association (LUTSA),
Tamil Association of McGill (TAMill)

Over 25 scholars present their papers from all around the world and Tamil Organizations present their statements.

Keynote Speakers:

Anuradha Mittal – Founder and Executive Director, Oakland Institute, California, USA

Prof. Richard Mann – Associate Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Carleton University


Some Scholarly Presentations:

Dr. David Rampton – London School of Economics (LSE), UK

Professor Francis Boyle – University of Illinois, USA

Ms. Frances Harrison – Journalist and author, International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP)

Dr. Camilla Orjuela – Gothenburg University, Sweden

Professor Matt Qvartrup – Coventry University, UK

Professor Ramu Manivannan – University of Madras, India

Kumaravadivel Guruparan – Sr. Lecturer, University of Jaffna

Conference is organized by:

Brampton Tamil Association (BTA),  Mississauga Tamil Association (MTA),  National Council of Canadian Tamils (NCCT),  Ottawa Tamil Association (OTA), Quebec Tamil Development Association (QTDA),  Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam – Canada (TGTE), Tamil Canadian Civil Society Forum (TCCSF)



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