Two Eezham Tamils were among the six human rights defenders shortlisted for periodical award by the New Zealand chapter of the Amnesty International this year. Mr. A. Theva Rajan was placed next to the main award winner and Dr. Nagalingam Rasalingam was one of the six finalists. This is the first time Eezham Tamils have been recognized for the consideration of the Defender of Human Rights Award by Amnesty NZ, Eezham Tamil news sources in New Zealand said.
79-year-old Mr A. Theva Rajan was earlier awarded Queens Service Medal in 2011, in specific recognition of his services to the Tamil community in New Zealand.
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