‘Welcome that India has conveyed expectations on Tamils’ - The Hindu editorial

The Hindu said it welcomed India’s recent message to Sri Lanka’s newly elected president, which called on Colombo to meet Tamil aspirations. “It is particularly welcome that India has conveyed its expectations that the process of national reconciliation would be taken forward by the new regime, with a solution for the Tamil population based on equality, justice, peace and dignity at the core of it,” said The Hindu editorial last week. The editorial noted that in the wake of the Sri Lankan presidential elections, "the prospect of the country’s two most powerful offices being vested in a single...

British Tamil businesses prepare to mark Maaveerar Naal

British Tamil businesses have begun preparing to commemorate Maaveerar Naal by flying Tamil Eelam flags at stores across the UK. See a selection of photos from British Tamil businesses below.

Jaffna University admin declares campus ‘out of bounds’ ahead of Maaveerar Naal

Authorities at the University of Jaffna have declared the university premises “out of bounds” as Tamil students were preparing to commemorate Maaveerar Naal tomorrow. A notice served by the university’s competent authority declared the campus closed for Wednesday and Thursday and went on to state, “students are advised to refrain from entering into the university main premises and from taking part in all unauthorised activities”. It comes just hours after the administration at the university sent round a circular, banning all Maaveerar Naal commemorations. Despite efforts to clamp down on...

13 Tamils arrested during Maaveerar Naal preparations

Sri Lankan police arrested thirteen Tamils, including the Mullaitivu co-ordinator of the Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF), while they were preparing for Maaveerar Naal remembrance tomorrow. The group were clearing and decorating space in Mullivaikkal when Mullaitivu police and intelligence officers arrived and warned them not to carry out any remembrance activities. The police seized the red and yellow flags and other decorations the organisers were using and also arrested all thirteen individuals present, transporting them to Mullaitivu police station. After extensive questioning the...

Stones bearing names of 25,000 Maaveerar erected in Jaffna

Stones inscribed with the names of 25,000 Tamil liberation fighters were erected in Jaffna earlier today, as Tamils in the homeland and around the world prepare to mark Maaveerar Naal.

Jaffna University administration bans Maaveerar Naal commemorations

The University of Jaffna administration has sent round a circular, banning all Maaveerar Naal commemorations, a day before events are set to take place across the Tamil homeland and diaspora. Maaveerar Naal - or Heroes’ Day - which is marked on November 27th, has been peacefully commemorated by students and staff of the university for several years. Under the previous Rajapaksa regime, Tamils in the North-East were forced to commemorate the day in secret, as the Sri Lankan security forces clamped down on any remembrance events. Despite the return of the Rajapaksa, Tamils int he homeland have...

Gotabaya tells Tamil diaspora to ‘forget’ war crimes 

Sri Lankan president Gotabaya Rajapaksa addressed the Tamil diaspora when questioned about war crimes committed by troops under his command, stating that they should “forget about these things”. In his first interview since being elected, Rajapaksa spoke with Bharat Shakti’s Nitin A. Gokhale, where he dismissed reports that Sri Lankan soldiers had committed rights abuses. “War is not a rosy thing,” Rajapaksa claimed. “And everything doesn’t go very smoothly, you know. But we are a poor country, you know. We are a lesser power. So our things are highlighted more. The big powers can cover-up.”...

704 CID officers prevented from fleeing Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan airport authorities have been sent a list of 704 CID officers who the government is preventing from leaving the country. Ruwan Gunasekara, a spokesman for Sri Lanka’s police, told reporters that these CID officials were involved in numerous cases and that their presence was needed for the court proceedings. This follows the departure of top CID investigator, Nishantha de Silva, who was involved in investigating several high profile cases involving military and state personnel. Amongst the cases, he was involved in was the abduction of 11 youths, with 13 navy personnel arrested in...

Sri Lanka to review UNHRC resolution

Sri Lanka will review the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Resolution that it co-sponsored in 2015, Colombo Gazette reported . Newly appointed Foreign Minister, Dinesh Gunawardena, said that the new government will review Resolution 30/1 entitled ‘Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka.’ This move comes weeks after Gotabaya Rajapaksa, president of Sri Lanka, vowed to reject the UN resolution during this election campaign. The resolution mandated an accountability mechanism with international judges to prosecute crimes committed during the final...

Jaffna Uni students mark LTTE leader's birthday in secret

Students at the University of Jaffna marked the birthday of LTTE leader Veluppillai Prabhakaran in secret at midnight.

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