Tamils gather at Mullivaikkal to remember genocide 10 years on

Tamils across the homeland gathered at the Mullivaikkal memorial today 10 years since the end of the armed conflict to remember the killing of tens of thousands by Sri Lankan armed forces.

Successive Sri Lanka governments have fritted away opportunity to reform says HRW

Sri Lanka has ‘frittered away’ its opportunity to rebuild and reconcile the island said Human Rights Watch in a statement to mark 10 years since the brutal end to the armed conflict between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tamil Tigers of Tamil Eelam. In a brief released by Human Rights Watch, the south Asia Director, Meenakshi Ganguly, said, “The end of Sri Lanka’s long civil war in May 2009 provided an opportunity not only to rebuild shattered lives and society, but also to restore respect for rights and rule of law. Yet successive Sri Lankan administration have fritted away...

Shavendra Silva to oversee Sri Lanka’s ‘eradication of terrorism’ celebrations 

The Sri Lankan military announced that Shavendra Silva, an army commander who has been the subject of international calls to face trial for war crimes, will be one of several senior military figures to participate in celebrations to mark “a decade upon eradication of the brutal terrorism”. The events, dubbed by the military as “National War Heroes’ Day”, are set to start tomorrow. A military press release said troops from the “victorious and dignified Army” will take part in events across the island. It comes as Tamils in the North-East and around the world mark the period when tens of...

British MPs remember tenth anniversary of Mullivaikkal massacre

British MPs join the Tamil community in remembering the tenth anniversary of the Mullivaikkal massacre. Helen Grant MP for Maidstone and the Weald tweeted and shared an online video message in rememberance of "the terrible Mullivaikkal genocide of innocent Tamils 10 years ago." Robert Halfon MP for Harlow expressed the importance of commemorating the loss of so many innocent lives. "The Tamil people suffered a terrible genocide, a terrible loss of family, of friends. 146,000 Tamils disappeared or killed. Over 280,000 put behind barbed wire and treated inhumanely. There must be an...

10 years today - A massacre in Mullivaikkal

Marking 10 years since the Sri Lankan military onslaught that massacred tens of thousands of Tamils, we revisit the final days leading up to the 18 th of May 2009 – a date remembered around the world as ‘Tamil Genocide Day’. The total number of Tamil civilians killed during the final months is widely contested. After providing an initial death toll of 40,000, the UN found evidence suggesting that 70,000 were killed. Local census records indicate that at least 146,679 people are unaccounted for and presumed to have been killed during the Sri Lankan military offensive.

May 18 Declaration - Mullivaikal

The Mullivaikal Remembrance Public Forum, the collective responsible for organising remembrance activities in the North-East on the tenth anniversary of the Tamil genocide made a declaration on May 18, calling for the continued unity of the Tamil nation to struggle for justice and self-determination. This year marks the tenth year since the Mullivaikal massacre in May, 2009. The unitary Sri Lanka state that is constructed on Sinhala-Buddhist ideology perpetrated structural genocide against the Tamils phase by phase since its independence in 1948, and this still continues in the post-...

'Remember Mullivaikkal' website launched to commemorate massacres

As part of a collaborative project marking the 10th year since the end of the war in Sri Lanka, today the Adayaalam Centre for Policy Research, Tamil Guardian and 47 Roots, launched: www.RememberMay2009.com. The website aims to provide a resource that maps out the atrocities that took place during the final months of the armed conflict and reflects on their impact 10 years later. “For the Tamil community, the last phase of the war marks one of the darkest periods in the nation’s history, and is recognised as a genocide,” said Research Director of Adayaalam, Dharsha Jegatheeswaran. “We aim...

TNPF releases Mullivaikkal poetry anthology and music album

The Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF) released a poetry anthology and musical record to mark ten years since the Mullivaikkal massacres.

Editorial: Next Chapter

Ten years since the end of the armed conflict, Sri Lanka remains divided. Far from the promise of stability and unity, the fractures that have plagued the country since independence, continue to define the relationships within the island. Sri Lanka has failed to become what the international community expected it would, when the war ended ten years ago - a stable, peaceful, pluralist state founded on liberal, democratic principles. To the Tamils this is unsurprising. The failure to ‘fix’ Sri Lanka begins with the failure to acknowledge the toxic Sinhala Buddhist ethnocracy in its core.

Canadian politicians mark tenth anniversary of Mullivaikkal genocide

Canadian politicians have been joining the Tamil community to mark the tenth year of Mullivaikkal and Tamil genocide remembrance in the lead up to May 18. Speaking in Parliament, Gary Anandasangaree MP said: “This May 18th we mark the tenth anniversary of the genocide of Mullivaikkal. Over 70,000 Tamils were killed, 300,000 detained and countless disappeared. I want to remember and honour those who died, their families and survivors. Within the designated ‘No Fire Zone’ the makeshift hospital was repeatedly bombed by the Sri Lankan military, the last remaining medical team became the lifeline...