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British Tamils protest over human rights violations the claim have been taking place in Sri Lanka as the government there defeated the Tamil Tigers. Rathneswary Shanmugasundaram, 67, holds a photo of her dead son.The dream of a separate homeland for the nation's Tamil minority ended with the death of rebel leader Velupillai Prabhakaran and the announcement that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) had been defeated in a speech to parliament on May 19th 2009 by President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The war, which killed as many as 100,000 people, including almost 6500 over the past three months, has caused great economic and social damage. As many as 270,000 Tamil refugees have been interred in camps in the north of Sri Lanka. The Government says they must keep them this way as Tamil fighters may have entered with the refugees. Tamil's have long complained that they face discrimination at the hands of the Singhalese majority and holders of power in Colombo. London, The United Kingdom. May 2009. Photo: Robin Hammond.