Protest outside British embassy in Sri Lanka

March 1, 2010 (AFP) – Hundreds of Sri Lankan ruling party activists demonstrated outside the British High Commission in Colombo on Monday, denouncing what they called London’s support for Tamil separatists abroad. The protestors handed in a petition protesting against British Foreign Secretary David Miliband’s attendance last week at a meeting of expatriate Tamils whom Colombo accuses of being Tiger rebel sympathisers.

Sri Lanka says the Global Tamil Forum, which was addressed by Miliband, is an umbrella organisation of the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam who were crushed in May last year.

Britain has been critical of Colombo’s human rights record, particularly during the final stages of fighting with the Tamil Tigers last year and has called for war crimes investigations, a demand rejected by Colombo.