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Seventh anniversary of Sivaram’s assassination

Seven years have passed since the Tamil journalist and editor of TamilNet was found assassinated in Colombo, inside a High Security Zone.

No-one has yet been brought to justice for his murder, after a trial was postponed earlier this year.

2005 saw the deaths of Sivaram, and two other Tamil media workers, S. Suhirtharajan, Trincomalee correspondent for Sudar Oli, a Tamil daily and Mrs. Relanki Selvarajah, Tamil broadcaster.

Below is an excerpt from a speech delivered in London on Aril 29, at the fifth anniversary of the death of Sivaram.

"The Tamil Guardian has had a relation with Sivaram almost since it began. He was instructor and mentor to the longer-serving volunteers on the paper. He taught us not only how to write, but how to think through the complexities of politics; to go beyond a surface analysis of a problem and explore the underlying structural movements. For this we are grateful.
As long as the oppression of Tamils continues, so too must the struggle for Tamil rights. Most of us knew Sivaram through our engagement in this struggle. I think it behooves us all to continue to remain committed, in whatever field we are in, to continue his resistance."

See the full text of the speech here.

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