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Jaffna university students mark first day of Mullivaikkal remembrance week

Students and staff at University of Jaffna marked the first day of Mullivaikkal remembrance week by laying flowers and lighting candles at the university's monument. 

The Mullivaikkal memorial monument at the University of Jaffna was rebulilt in April last year after authorities destroyed it earlier in the year. 

The monument, which was dedicated to the tens of thousands of Tamils killed in the genocidal offensive at the end of the armed conflict in 2009, was bulldozed by Sri Lankan authorities while Jaffna University students staged a demonstration outside the university entrance. Following international condemnation of the destruction, the university's Vice Chancellor promised to reconstruct the memorial.

To mark the first day of Mullivaikkal remembrance week, the Association of Relatives of Enforced Disappearances in the North and East have joined other organisations across the Tamil homeland in distributing Mullivaikkal Kanji.


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