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Nehemiah Thompson
B: 1941-08-10
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Alexander Selvarajah Manuelpillai
B: 1934-10-17
D: 2017-10-15
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Charles Scott
B: 1967-11-03
D: 2017-10-12
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Ming Chan
B: 1958-06-23
D: 2017-10-12
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Gnanashabesan Sithrevalauthar
B: 1972-04-08
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Alwyn Richards
B: 1923-06-13
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Sritharan Navaratnam
B: 1970-12-07
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Thiruppathy Paramu
B: 1927-09-12
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Balasubramaniam Nagarajah
B: 1952-08-12
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Bastiampillai Benedict
B: 1936-03-20
D: 2017-10-07
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Lucius Bowen
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John James
B: 1930-11-16
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Prasanta Sarkar
B: 1937-10-29
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Trevor Brown
B: 1949-10-25
D: 2017-10-03
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Brown, Trevor
Narendra Negandhi
B: 1946-03-24
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Negandhi, Narendra
Antonia "Nina" Callus
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Freda Johnson
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Sebastiano "Frank" Carrubba
B: 1929-08-08
D: 2017-10-03
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Carrubba, Sebastiano "Frank"
Margaret White
B: 1940-08-27
D: 2017-10-05
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White, Margaret
Edna Smith
B: 1920-09-17
D: 2017-10-01
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Bivash Deb
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Condolence From: Gangeyan Ganesalingam
Condolence: Dear Uncle,


We are deeply sadden by your demise.You were a veteran Human Rights Activist and a good friend of my late farther V S Ganesalingam (former HHR Director). You two together done a lot of work for the benefit of the Tamil Community and fought to upheld the Human Rights of Tamils locally and internationally up to the highest office of UNHCR.

I have known you from my childhood due to my Dad's friendship with you and was glad that I met you last time when we both were in Sri Lanka. Your services to the broader Tamil community will be deeply missed.

You will not be forgotten and you will remain in the hearts of our family.

May your soul rest in peace

V S Ganesalingam family
(Mrs V Ganesalingam, Gangeyan, Kalaivani & Gowri)
Friday June 17, 2016
Condolence From: Nisha
Condolence: I really love my Mama. I was one of his favorite niece. I miss him so much. I love him and he loves me too. I highly respective him, he highly trusted me. he was too good; he was too great. I never forget him in my life.
Rest in Peace.
Friday June 17, 2016
Condolence From: B.Nimalan Veerasingham
Condolence: Human Rights crusader and unsung hero – Mr. Innasimuthu Francis Xavier

There is good reason for the whole Tamil community to be saddened. Mr. Innasimuthu Francis Xavier, attorney and a Human Rights crusader for the last 40 years passed away here in Toronto last Friday (6/10) at the age of 82. Unfortunately, true to his nature as a focused and highly composed determinist with a mission – but without any fanfare made him unknown to many of us. Unsung heroes are a rare breed and Mr. Xavier by all definition fit into that category.

Born in Naranthanai, Kayts and educated at St. Anthony’s, he became a lawyer passing the Bar exams while still working for the Postal Dept,. He was mentored as a junior lawyer by the eminent Mr. Kathiravelupillai, the former MP for Kopaiy. What’s been considered a prestigious path for accumulation of wealth, made Mr. Xavier look at it in an altogether different angle. It was a time of darkness and uncertainty for the Tamil community. He completely immersed himself in the service of his fellow brethren straddling in prisons, detention centers and draconic state oppression through numerous legal challenges and trials, most without much financial gratuity.
Every known legal battle in the political history of the Tamil community during the 70s, 80s and 90’s bore his unmistakable role in shaping the community’s journey. The Trial at bar against the Tamil leaders, Nallanayagam trial, Singarayar trial, Kokkatichcholai trial, Nithiyanantham trial are some from his role as facilitator and trial attorney, besides thousands of habeas corpus cases where Tamil youth disappeared without any due process.

At this time of chaos, disarray and complete collapse of the rule of the law, Mr. Xavier established the ‘Home for Human rights’ (HHR) and stationed it in Colombo. Relatives of thousands of ordinary and mostly poor youth found a legal avenue and a ray of hope in ‘Home for Human Rights’ (HHR). For the many mothers arrived at the Colombo office especially from the East; sometimes with the only spare saree they ever owned, Mr .Xavier became the beacon of hope, many times helping them with the return train ticket. Mr. Xavier’s organization (HHR) which avoided its name being displayed at the office entrance for security reasons but his own, became the only organization to have some systemic record of the thousands of disappeared.

After the disappearance of one his confidante he moved to Geneva to work with an International organization against torture, focusing on Sri Lanka. He became the architect; single handedly, of the very first resolution against Sri Lanka in the UN Human Rights Council in 1987.

Its noteworthy to mention that among the many who have been helped during their hour of legal desperation was former President Mr. Mahinda Rajapakse, while being a human rights advocate during the JVP revolt. One of the highly admirable qualities true to Mr. Xavier’s principled genre was that he never approached the former President for any requests or favors during his long Presidency.

When the Government of Canada banned and labelled the Tigers Organization, Mr. Xavier was the first to organize a seminar at the University of Toronto along with many leading academics on its overall impact on the Tamil community. As a firm believer of Human Rights, International Law and goodwill of the West, as the only avenues to resolve the ethnic conflict, Mr. Xavier never hesitated to point out where we have come currently in a complete circle.

He continued to guide ‘Home for Human Rights’ from Canada, which by this time spread its activities in many towns of the East & North including the Central Plantation areas. Every year he visited Sri Lanka working for ‘HHR’, the very last time returning this March. The Ontario Bar Association honored him for his service to the community in the field of Human Rights.
Though his health slowed him, in the form of dialysis 4 times a week at the hospital, he steadfastly refused to succumb, but continued his journey of undisputed love to his soil and people. He arranged private donors to obtain tools for the livelihood of the many war victims who lost their legs, hands, eyes, and giving them the will to live.

His selfless story of sacrifice and concern of his people has to be told and be recorded, since he never officially written his role anywhere, although told many times to do so for the future generations.

Our community has produced many leaders, and Mr. Innasimuthu Francis Xavier falls into a different kind that could only be told by others, and only after his death. He leaves behind his 4 children and wife and the funeral service will be held at Prince of Peace Catholic Church this Saturday (6/18) in Scarborough.
--- B.Nimalan Veerasingham
Friday June 17, 2016
Condolence From: Directors and Staff of Paltra
Condolence: Dear Sherine,

We are deeply saddened by the loss that you and your family have encountered. Please accept our condolences.

Mr.Xavier is a very special person and he will never be forgotten. Our Prayers are with you.

Saman and Paltra Team
Friday June 17, 2016
Condolence From: T.Anpaananthan
Condolence: Though I was a long term friend of Late Mariyathasan, the brother of Late Xavier, as members of Lions Club of Jaffna, I became to know Late Mr.Xavier only in December 2015 when we discussed about my application for Director/HHR.
I was admired with him and joined HHR only because of him since he is such a wonderful man whom I never met in my life.
I wish to extend my heartfelt condolences to the members of his family.
He remains in our hearts, thoughts, acts and prayers.
May his soul rest in peace
Director/HHR
Friday June 17, 2016
Condolence From: Mr.Arulnayagam
Condolence: We are deeply grieved over the demise of Mr.IF Xavier veteran Human rights activist an eminent lawyer. May his soul rest in peace.

Arulnayagam & family,
Jaffna.
Wednesday June 15, 2016
Condolence From: கத்ரீனா, ரிஷி, ராணா
Condolence: தேசப்பிரியரே! வழிநடத்த வருவீரோ?

உம் பிள்ளையாய் எமக்கோர்
அன்னையை ஈந்த உத்தமரே!
சுற்றியுள்ள அனைவரையும்
அரவணைத்த அன்பாளரே!
நாம் நெறிதவறிப் போகையிலே
நல்வழி சொன்ன ஆசானே!
நெடுங்காலம் நீர் வாழ்வீரென்று
நினைத்திருந்தோம் நாமெல்லாம்.
ஏமாற்றம் தந்தெமக்கு சடுதியில்
நீர் போனதன் மாயமென்ன?!

உலகமது மாயமென்று
உணர்த்திச் சென்றவரே!
ஆசைகள் தீயதென்று
போதித்துப் போனவரே!
எம் நினைவுகளில் மீதமாக
நீர் விட்டுப்போயுள்ள
சுவடுகள் சுடுகின்றன...
எமக்கென்று நீர் பரிசளித்த
அன்பும் அன்னியோன்யமும்
நெஞ்சை நனைக்கின்றன...

எப்போது இனி காண்போமென
எதிர்பார்ப்புகளை நிறைத்து
ஏங்கித் தவிக்கின்றோம்...
உம் பிரிவை எண்ணித்தான்
செய்வது அறியாமல்
திகைத்துக் கிடக்கின்றோம்...
சிற்பியாக இருந்தெம்மை
செதுக்கிய தேசப்பிரியரே!
மீண்டும் வருவீரோ எம்மையெல்லாம்
நேர் நின்று வழிநடத்த?!

கத்ரீனா, ரிஷி, ராணா
Wednesday June 15, 2016
Condolence From: Mrs.p.Gnanasooriyar
Condolence: A good heart has stopped beating, a good soul ascended to heaven. our heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family.
Wednesday June 15, 2016
Condolence From: Mrs.Eugene Mariampillai
Condolence: திரு. இ. பி. சேவியரின் மறைவு தழிழ் சமூகத்திற்கு மாபெரும் இழப்பு என்பதை யாராலும் மறுக்க முடியாது. சமீபத்தில் இறந்த சட்டத்தரணி இயுஜின்மரியாம்பிள்ளையின் மனைவி என்ற நிலையில் சில விடயங்களை பதிவு செய்ய விரும்புகிறேன். யாழ்ப்பாணத்தில் இருந்து யுத்த சுழ்நிலையால் இடம் பெயர்ந்து கொமும்பு வந்து போது எனது கணவரை தேடிப்பிடித்து தன்னுடைய மனித உரிமைகள் இல்லத்தில் இனணத்துக்கொண்டவர் இவர் மீது மிகுந்த நம்பிக்கையும் அன்பும் கொண்டவர்.இவர் சுகவீனமுற்று இருந்த வேளைகளில் தனது சுகத்தையும் பாராது அடிக்கடி இவரை வந்து சந்தித்து இவருக்கும் எனக்கும் மகளுக்கு ஆறுதல் கூறி தனது மனித நேயத்தை வெளிக்காட்டிய மாபெரும் மனிதர். என்னை உதவிதேவையென்றாலும் கேளுங்கள் என்று கூறிய வார்த்தைகளே எங்களுக்கு மாபெரும் ஆறுதலை தந்தது என்றால் அது மிகையாகாது. என்து கணவர் இறந்த செய்தி கேட்டவுடன் தன்னுடைய இயலாமையும் பொருட்படுத்தாது ஒடோடிவந்து அவர் கண்கலங்கி அமுதது எனது கணவர் மேல் இவர் வைத்திருந்த அன்பை வெளிக்காட்டியது. அதை நினைக்கும் போதெல்லாம் நாங்கள் கண்கலங்கி நிற்கிறோம்.ஐயா நீங்கள் எங்கள் குடும்பத்துக்கு செய்த உதவிகள் எங்களால் மறக்க முடியாதவை. போய் வாருங்கள் ஐயா. உங்கள் ஆன்மா சாந்தியடைய இறைவனை பிரார்த்திக்கிறோம் நன்றி ஐயா நன்றி.

இப்படிக்கு
Mrs. Eugene Mariampillai & shakila
Wednesday June 15, 2016
Condolence From: Nithi Rajaratnam
Condolence: Dear Xavier Uncle,
You have been a Thorough gentleman, you have helped my mother(Rani Rajaratnam) a lot when was in need of help during my fathers death court case in 1979-80s.we thank you forever for your help that you have done for us and so many others in need.

May your soul Rest in Eternal Peace.

Tuesday June 14, 2016