British MPs release messages to commemorate Mullivaikkal genocide

Several British MPs and other politicians have released messages of solidarity as the Tamil nation around the world marks Tamil Genocide Remembrance day today. See some of their messages of support below. Stephen Timms Member of Parliament for Eastham, Executive Member of APPGT “My thoughts are especially with all those who are mourning people who died in the terrible events of nine years ago, and with those who still don’t know what became of loved ones who disappeared at that time. Reporting in February on the situation in Sri Lanka, the UN Human Rights Commissioner pointed out that...

After years of suppressing memorials, SLFP holds remembrance event for Mullivaikkal

Despite years of suppressing memorial events when it was in government, the Sri Lankan Freedom Party held an event to commemorate Tamils killed during the massacres at Mullivaikkal 9 years ago. The event, which was met with scepticism by local Tamils, was held at the party office in Jaffna on Friday. Party officials lit candles before a banner which read “Mullivaikkal Atrocity Remembrance Day”.

Sri Lankan troops in Kilinochchi hold ceremony ‘to invoke blessings upon soldiers’ on May 18

The Sri Lankan military stationed in Kilinochchi held military and religious ceremonies on May 18 th “to invoke blessings upon the soldiers,” according to an official military website.

TNA marks ‘Mullivaikkal Genocide Remembrance Day’ at Jaffna office

The Tamil National Alliance commemorated the 9 th anniversary since the massacre of tens of thousands of Tamils, in a ceremony at its office in Jaffna on Friday.

Navy plans acquisition of 18 acres in Mandaitivu

The Sri Lankan navy plans to acquire a further 18 acres of land in J/07 Grama Sevaha Division, Mandaitivu in order to build a camp for the Velusumana Navy Division. A notice declaring the planned acquisition was seen by residents on the island.

Displaced families object as navy plants coconut trees in occupying land

Families in Sampur have reiterated their calls on the Sri Lankan navy to release their land after navy officers were seen planting coconut trees in the area earlier this month. Writing to the Trincomalee District Secretariat, the Eastern Province's governor and the Sri Lankan president, displaced families have urged action.

Sri Lanka's Teachers Assoc criticises Jaffna uni student involvement in May 18 events

Sri Lanka's National University Teachers' Association (NUTA) on Tuesday filed a complaint against Jaffna University authorities for allowing students to take part in Mullivaikkal remembrance events on May 18. Accusing the students of "acting like the unofficial private army" of the chief minister of the Northern Province, the NUTA secretary, Channa Jayasumana said the students, whom he described as "misguided youths", should be "thankful to their political leadership and Sri Lankan forces that ended the armed conflict".

Tamil Nadu police shoot protesters, 9 dead

Nine people were killed and 65 injured on Tuesday in Tamil Nadu after police opened fire at protesters in Thoothukudi, who had been seeking a ban on Sterlite Industries' copper plant. The protesters, who launched their protest many months ago, accuse Sterlite Industries of releasing pollutants from its plants and have been demanding the plant be closed. A judicial inquiry has been ordered into the incident by Tamil Nadu's Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami The ruling AIADMK government has been widely criticised for the incident. Rahul Gandhi said the police's actions were "state sponsored...

Sri Lankan president honours accused war criminals

Sri Lanka’s president awarded honours to 50 senior military officers, included those accused of war crimes in a lavish ceremony in Colombo this weekend.

Hundreds in New Zealand commemorate Mullivaikkal genocide

Hundreds of Tamils gathered in New Zealand on Friday to mark 9 years since the massacres at Mullivaikkal, where tens of thousands of Tamils were slaughtered.