What is World Tamil Movement?

  • (noun): A terrorist organization in Sri Lanka that began in 1970 as a student protest over the limited university access for Tamil students; currently seeks to establish an independent Tamil state called Eelam; relies on guerilla strategy including terrorist tactics that target key government and military personnel.
    Synonyms: Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, LTTE, Tamil Tigers, Tigers, World Tamil Association

World Tamil Movement

World Tamil Movement (WTM) is a non-profit organization created in 1986 run by Canadians of ethnic Tamil heritage. Its president was Sitha Sithampalam until June, 2008. The organisation has functioned as a community group that offers services such as translation, vocational training and a library for Toronto's 200,000 Tamils. It further organised cultural and sports leagues, and classes to help women and children integrate into the larger Canadian society. It was further involved in relief efforts for the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. It has also openly declared itself to share the politics of Sri Lankan Tamil Nationalism, stating "It's no secret that the World Tamil Movement supports the right of the Tamil people to self-determination in the Northern and Eastern part of Sri Lanka. This is a political position – perhaps one that not everyone will agree with, but one that we are constitutionally entitled to hold."

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World Tamil Movement - Designation
2008, the Government of Canada formally listed the World Tamil Movement as a "terrorist organization" under the Criminal Code of Canada ... The World Tamil Movement, the Canadian Tamil Congress and the International Federation of Tamils condemned the move ... We see the listing as a political move intended to silence a voice within the Tamil diaspora." Insisting that the organisation would fight the designation, their lawyer Marlyss Edwardh stated "This is ...

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