Terence Bunch

Photojournalist & Writer

A Tamil man stands in front of a large banner depicting stills from a recently released video, broadcast around the world, confirming that the Sri Lankan military machine have been carrying out summary executions of Tamils on the Island, a war crime in international parlance. London. 17th October 2009. All pictures © Terence Bunch.

Unlock Sri Lanka Concentration Camps Tamil Protest. London. 17th October 2009.

By Published Last Edited 2009-10-17 00:00:00

Thousands of Tamils gather in London months after the Sri Lankan final assault against the Tamil Tigers ends in the deaths of tens of thousands of Tamils in Sri Lanka. At present, the appalling brutality of the Sri Lankan ultra-nationalist government plays out another histrionic episode, the forced incarceration of hundreds of thousands of Tamils in concentration camps on the island.

Despite international pressure, the Sri Lankan government continue their policy of eradicating the representatives of the Tamil nation by filtering out LTTE sympathisers from within the camps, many of whom are now missing and unaccounted for.

The protest demands that the Sri Lankan Government release those incarcerated immediately.

Later in the afternoon, calls are made for the Sri Lankan Government to be investigated for war crimes, the expulsion of Sri Lanka from the Commonwealth and the consideration of sanctions against individual members of the Sri Lankan Government and its cartels, preventing them from freely travelling, working or studying within the EU.

London. 17th October 2008.

A banner depicts an image of one of the concentration camps on the island. The camps are unmonitored by any competent international presence and many from within the camps continue to disappear.

A banner depicts an image of one of the concentration camps on the island. The camps are unmonitored by any competent international presence and many from within the camps continue to disappear.

A representatiion of the concentration camp at Manic Farm passes the British Parliament building.

A representatiion of the concentration camp at Manic Farm passes the British Parliament building.

It travels past Downing Street a short while later.

It travels past Downing Street a short while later.

Later on, a Tamil holding the flag of the UN (United Nations) passes the Quadriga at Wellington Arch. The UN are now seen as having colluded with the Sri Lankan Government during the final assault as it has been completely ineffective in bringing coherent humanitarian pressure to bear on the Sri Lankan Government.

Later on, a Tamil holding the flag of the UN (United Nations) passes the Quadriga at Wellington Arch. The UN are now seen as having colluded with the Sri Lankan Government during the final assault as it has been completely ineffective in bringing coherent humanitarian pressure to bear on the Sri Lankan Government.

The march heads towards Hyde Park. Here, a large banner identifies the culprits responsible for the large loss of life in Sri Lanka. They are Sri Lankan Ultra-Nationalist President, Mahindha Rajapakse, his former military chief, Sarath Fonseka and the Presidents brother, Gotabaya Rajapakse.

The march heads towards Hyde Park. Here, a large banner identifies the culprits responsible for the large loss of life in Sri Lanka. They are Sri Lankan Ultra-Nationalist President, Mahindha Rajapakse, his former military chief, Sarath Fonseka and the Presidents brother, Gotabaya Rajapakse.

The Tamils sit down as they arrive in Hyde Park to listen to updates and cross-party pledges of support.

The Tamils sit down as they arrive in Hyde Park to listen to updates and cross-party pledges of support.

A few moments later, and before they begin, the Tamils bow their heads for a minutes silence to remember their dead.

A few moments later, and before they begin, the Tamils bow their heads for a minutes silence to remember their dead.

Amongst others, speaker Liberal Democrat MP for Kingston and Surbiton, Edward Davey calls on the UN to formally invoke a commission to investigate Sri Lanka for war crimes, to release the Tamils from the detention camps before the monsoon season begins and to bring individual sanctions to bear preventing individuals in the Sri Lankan Government from travelling, working or studying within the EU. Other speakers call for Sri Lanka to be expelled from the Commonwealth.

Amongst others, speaker Liberal Democrat MP for Kingston and Surbiton, Edward Davey calls on the UN to formally invoke a commission to investigate Sri Lanka for war crimes, to release the Tamils from the detention camps before the monsoon season begins and to bring individual sanctions to bear preventing individuals in the Sri Lankan Government from travelling, working or studying within the EU. Other speakers call for Sri Lanka to be expelled from the Commonwealth.