Breaking The Silence Journal: SOAS

Following on from LSE and UCL, the ‘Breaking the Silence’ genocide awaresness exhibition travelled to the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) earlier this week. Throughout the day a stall ran in the main building of SOAS’s Russell Square campus where students, lecturers and university staff visited the exhibition. The exhibition featured posters depicting the human rights abuses against Tamil people in the island of Sri Lanka. [ more ]

Kings College London Tamil Society speak out at Youth Maaveerar Naal

Speaking at Youth Maaveerar Naal hosted by Imperial College London on Monday, students representing Kings College London spoke in remembrance of those that had lost their lives fighting against the genocide of the Eelam Tamil nation. The full speech is reproduced below:

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A poem recited at Youth Maaveerar Naal held at Imperial College London earlier this week and written by a student at St George's University.

Tamil Nadu police destroy Maaveerar Naal remembrance memorial

Tamil Nadu police destroying Heroes Day tombstone (All pictures: TamilWin) Eelam Tamils in a refugee camp in Sengkalpattu, Tamil Nadu, had their annual Maveerar Naal remembrance event disrupted by Tamil Nadu police, reports TamilWin . According to the news site, Eelam Tamils in the camp hold a memorial event every year, lighting candles at a symbolic tomb stone, but this year police interrupted the proceedings, demolished the monument and cleared away the red and yellow decorations.

Sri Lanka bans Tamil remembrance

Sri Lanka has banned any activities to commemorate the Tamil fighters that died in the armed conflict. Army spokesperson Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya has said that any attempts to promote or glorify the LTTE, both directly and indirectly, under the guise of media freedom will be punished, in relation to the upcoming Heroes' Day on November 27, when Tamils remember those that gave their lives for the struggle. "Promoting and propagating separatist ideology within Sri Lanka directly or indirectly, even by using media freedom, and attempting to commemorate or glorify terrorists that belonged to...

China explains earlier call to address human rights issues

Responding to questions regarding an earlier statement which urged Sri Lanka to address human rights issues, China today reiterated its acknowledgement of progress in Sri Lanka, despite growing concerns over the deteriorating state of reconciliation and human rights on the island. In an emailed statement, the Chinese Embassy in Colombo, claimed that the progress they saw in Sri Lanka meant that there was no change in stance, concluding , “the Sri Lankan people have the wisdom and capacity to deal appropriately with their internal affairs.”

Sri Lankan Navy needs to expand says Gota

Four years after the end of the armed conflict, Sri Lanka needs more naval assets said the Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. Addressing the Galle Dialogue 2013 event, and praising the Australian government's contribution to Sri Lanka's naval fleet, he said , “The support of wealthier nations is sought for the procurement of such assets. In this context, I am particularly appreciative of the Australian Government’s decision to gift two large Bay Class patrol vessels to Sri Lanka next year. Such capacity augmentation will enable the Sri Lanka Navy, which is the best-suited force for this...

Sri Lanka not ready to live under aggression - Rajapaksa

Photograph ColomboPage Unveiling a statue of the Vietnamese leader Ho Chin Min in Colombo today, the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa asserted that Sri Lanka values its freedom and sovereignty, and that Sri Lankans 'are not ready by any means to live under the fears of invasion or aggression'.

NPC faces obstacles - C.V. Wigneswaran

The Northern Province’s Chief Minister, C. V. Wigneswaran has said that the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) faces many impediments to its ability to function. Speaking to BBC’s Tamilosai on Sunday, Wigneswaran said that officials attached to the NPC’s office were creating obstacles for him and the Council. The members of the NPC had previously complained of military interference in the council and also requested that the governor, former military commander Chandrasiri, be replaced with a civilian governor.

Tamil councillors in Jaffna attacked after Heroes Day commemoration

Picture: TamilNet Civic members of the Karaveddi South-West Pirathesa Sapai (PS) were attacked by security forces after commemorating LTTE cadres, just days before the annual Heroes Day on November 27 or 'Maaveerar Naal'. According to TamilNet , the chair of Karaveddi South-West PS, Mr P. Viyakes, was questioned by security personnel and later attacked. Further reports of attacks on the deputy head of Valveddiththurai Urban Council have also emerged. Members of the Sri Lankan military allegedly attacked the councillor’s house at 2am and threatened his family.

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