Jaffna Library staff and students commemorate Fr. Hyacinth David

An event was held to remember scholar and community leader Reverend Father David, who reportedly died from shock just days after his beloved institution the Jaffna Public Library was destroyed by Sinhala mobs. Library staff and local students joined the commemoration, which was led by Jaffna Municipal Council Commissioner S Krishnendran., the chief Librarian Sivakaran Anusiya, and attended byy staffers, students, and visitors. Floral tributes were laid, and candles were lit to memorialize the incident. Fr. Hyacinth David was in his room in the third floor of St. Patrick’s College the night...

Local government officials in Vavuniya blocking land release, claims EPDP MP

Vavuniya District Development Committee Chairman and Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) parliamentarian Kulasingam Thileeban claimed that local government officials were preventing occupied land from being released to Tamils in the district. Speaking to reporters, the MP claimed that Sri Lanka’s President Ranil Wickremesinghe assured officials that occupied lands would be released back to their rightful owners, after a visit to Vavuniya last week. “We put pressure on the President and Minister Douglas Devananda asking for these lands to be released,” he said, referring to the leader of...

'Common Tamil candidate must uphold demand for independence referendum' - Vavuniya families of the disappeared

Tamil families of the disappeared in Vavuniya said that anyone who puts themselves forward as a common Tamil candidate for Sri Lanka’s presidential polls this year, must uphold the need for an independence referendum to fulfil the Tamil demand for self-determination. The Tamil families made the remarks as they held a vigil outside the Vavuniya main post office to mark the 43rd anniversary of the burning of the Jaffna Public Library. Some Tamil politicians have called for a united “common” candidate ahead of polls, which are set to take place later this year. The secretary of the Vavuniya...

Sri Lankan parliament scrambles leaders as threat of ICC looms

A Sri Lankan parliament panel has “summoned” representatives from the Foreign Ministry, Defence Ministry, chief of all three forces, and attorney general, over fears the country may be taken to the International Criminal Court (ICC) or International Court of Justice (ICJ) over its massacre of the Tamil people in 2009. Sarath Weerasekera, a legislator and retired Navy Admiral as well as the Chairman of the Sectoral Oversight Committee on National Security, reportedly summoned the officials for a Parliamentary committee citing the threat of Sri Lanka troops being brought before international...

Sri Lankan intelligence muzzles screening of documentary on Jaffna Library destruction

The hosting of a documentary and panel discussion on the destruction of the Jaffna Public Library was muzzled by threats from the Sri Lankan intelligence service say organisers, who attempted to mark the 43 rd anniversary of the arson attack.

India arrests 4 Sri Lankan Muslims over suspected ISIS links

The Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad arrested four Sri Lankan Muslims last month, over suspected links to the Islamic State (ISIS) after they travelled to India from Colombo. According to reports, Indian security services discovered an ISIS flag and three loaded pistols among their belongings. The four men had taken an Indigo flight out of Colombo to Chennai, before travelling to Ahmedabad. They were reported to have previously been associated with the National Thowheeth Jamath (NJT), an Islamic extremist group in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka’s defence secretary however claimed the men were “not...

Sri Lanka releases landmine-laden lands to Tamils in Jaffna

Tamil residents have been barred from entering their lands located at Tellippalai in Jaffna after it was revealed that nearly 55,000 square feet of the land that was reportedly “released” by the Sri Lankan government, is still laden with landmines. The Sri Lankan government recently released 234 acres of land in Tellippalai, however, the District Secretariat issuing a communique has warned residents not to re-enter the lands since it was not cleared of landmines. Tamils have been waiting for years to return to their lands which have been under the control of the Sri Lankan military. Though...

Sri Lankan slippers with karthigai flower are an ‘insult’ to Tamils, say activists

Tamil activists and politicians in Eelam have slammed the sale of a slipper by Sri Lankan company DSI, which is imprinted with the karthigai poo, or Gloriosa Lily - the national flower of Tamil Eelam. The leader of the Tamil National Green Movement Ponnuthurai Aingaranesan told reporters that having the design on the sole of the flip flop was an insult to the Tamil homeland. Aingaranesan said the use of the flower was intentional and alleged that there were political forces behind the design. He claimed that it was an attempt to tarnish the symbols that represent the Tamil aspirations. “This...

Tamils commemorate destruction of Jaffna Public Library

Tamils gathered in front of the Jaffna Public Library this week to commemorate the 43 rd anniversary of the treasured institution being set ablaze by Sri Lankan security forces and state-sponsored mobs.

TNPF commences boycott campaign in Jaffna

Ahead of Sri Lanka’s upcoming presidential election, the Tamil People’s National Front, has begun its campaign to call on Eelam Tamils to boycott the elections. TNPF commences campaign in Jaffna calling on the Eelam Tamil nation to boycott Sri Lanka's Presidential election. pic.twitter.com/CRHYobya43 — Tamil National People's Front (@TnpfOrg) June 1, 2024 According to the TNPF’s leader, Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam, to participate in the upcoming elections would be “an acceptance of that state machinery”; when the reality is that “the entire government machinery is anti-Tamils”. The TNPF’s...

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