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Jaffna uni students to protest rejecting domestic Sri Lankan investigation into mass atrocities

The Jaffna University Students’ Union (JUSU) expressed its disappointment at the deferral of a UN inquiry into mass atrocities committed against Tamils and announced it will be staging a protest rejecting a domestic Sri Lankan investigation on Tuesday.

The postponement of the inquiry had caused the Tamil people “disappointment with a great pain,” said a statement released by the JUSU. “6 years passed; there has been no justice for our people ruthlessly massacred by the Sri Lankan government using its military machines.”

The statement went on to reject any domestic mechanism announced by the Sri Lankan government, stating that “it is nothing but an attempt to protect criminals and a preparation to destabilise human rights issues for us Eelam Tamils.”

“Though there has been a change of power in Sri Lanka, there is no change in military structure; military intervention continues to exist all over Tamil regions… Intimidation, tracking and monitoring still continues,” added the statement. “We see the postponement of the report as the international community turning a blind eye to these situations.”

The demonstration, set to be staged by the Jaffna University main entrance on Tuesday morning, has received the backing of the Tamil National Alliance, with Mavai Senathirajah stating the party fully supported the protest.

Northern Provincial Council member Ananthy Sasitharan also announced her support “wholehearted."

“We hoped that there will be a solution for the disappearances issue as same as all the other issue with the release of the [OISL] report. However the announcement that it will be delayed has come as a way of destroying our hopes," she said.

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