Palais des Nations and Place des Peuples

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Every morning, Nadarajah Kirupananthan puts on his orange vest on which is inscribed “Justice for Tamil genocide” and stands on the Place des Nations with his four companions. They film, on the other side of the road, behind the large gate, the Palace of Nations explaining their demands: Sri Lanka must answer for its war crimes before the International Criminal Court and Tamil Eelam, the “Tamil country”. », Must obtain independence. The footage is posted on Facebook, WhatsApp and video channels of the Tamil community in exile. Images shot in Geneva, in front of the UN, which go around the world.

It is not just Nadarajah who films. In recent days, the place was occupied by Dalits, the “untouchables” Indians, Iranian opponents, Emiratis, Pakistanis and Tibetans. They demonstrate against their States, whose representatives speak in the Palace on the occasion of the 46th session of the Human Rights Council. All this is symbolic because in reality the palace is empty and the Council is held by videoconference. On Friday, for example, in the Assembly Hall where the Council is currently meeting, there were… three people: the Vice-President, a Secretary and the representative of Timor-Leste. The other seats were empty, covid required.