Trincomalee Magistrate court reportedly issued an order prohibiting 13 people from holding an event to mark Tamil Genocide Day.
The order was issued per Section 106(1) of Code of Criminal Procedure and stated that an event could not go ahead as it may harm public health or put lives at risk.
This is the latest attempt by Sri Lanka to repress Tamil memorialisation in the North-East. For years, the state has cracked down on commemoration events, either through court ordered obstructions or by ramping up state surveillance to intimidate organisers and attendees.
Despite ongoing harassment by the state, the Tamil nation continue to mark Tamil Genocide Day across the homeland in memory of the tens of thousands of lives that were massacred by the state's armed forces in May 2009.