Maaveerar remembered at Pandivirichan Thuyilum Illam

A flame was lit in remembrance of the Maaveerar who gave their lives to the Tamil struggle for liberation at Pandivirichan Thuyilum Illam today. Families of fallen LTTE cadres, activists and parliamentarian Charles Nirmalanathan all paid tribute to the Maaveerar before they began cleaning the Thuyilum Illam to prepare for Maaveerar Naal. Pandivirchan Thuyilum Illam is one of many LTTE cemetries that housed the bodies of thousands of Tamil fighters. Following the end of the armed conflict, the Sri Lankan state bulldozed all the cemetries and in some places, built army camps over them.

Maaveerar families commemorate their relatives in Kilinochchi

More than 250 Maaveerar families gathered in Palai, Kilinochchi today to remember their family members who sacrificed their lives for the Tamil struggle for self-determination. Remembrance events are taking place across the North-East and diaspora this month in the lead up to Maaveerar Naal which falls on November 27. Tamils in the homeland and across the world will pay their respects to the tens of thousands of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) cadres who gave their lives to the liberation struggle.

Sri Lankan police disrupt Maaveerar Naal preparations at Kanchikudiyaru Thuyilum Illam

The Sri Lankan police disrupted locals as they cleaned Kanchikudiyaru Thuyilum Illam in Amparai last week. Despite their interference, locals and parliamentarians S Kajendren and T Kalaiyarasan continued to clean the former cemetery in preparation of Maaveerar Naal. Every year, Sri Lanka’s state forces ramp up their surveillance and intimidation of Tamils in the month of November as the Tamil nation remember the tens of thousands of Tamil fighters who sacrificed their lives. Although the state have repeatedly attempted to suppress Tamil memorialisation activities in the North-East, Tamils...

Basil Rajapaksa returns to Sri Lanka

Former Minister and SLPP national organiser Basil Rajapaksa returned to Sri Lanka on November 20th. He returns to Sri Lanka after travelling to the United States in early september. A number of SLPP members including parliamentarians were at the BIA to welcome Rajapaksa who last served as Finance Minister before resigning in June as a SLPP National List MP and to make way for the appointment of business leader Dhammika Perera as a National List MP. Basil quit after Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa stepped down in May whilst President Gotabaya Rajapaksa resigned in July. Basil Rajapaksa...

Jaffna university students mark first day of Maaveerar remembrance week

Students at the University of Jaffna paid tribute to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) cadres who gave their lives to the Tamil struggle for liberation today to mark the first day of Maaveerar remembrance week. Commemorations will take place across the Tamil homeland this week in the lead up to Maaveerar Naal - Great Heroes' Day - which falls on November 27, in memory of the first death of a LTTE cadre, Lt Col. Shankar who died in combat on November 27, 1982.

Sri Lankan military set up checkpoints as Maaveerar remembrance week begins

The Sri Lankan military have set up more checkpoints in the already heavily militarised North-East as Maaveerar remembrance week begins. The checkpoints have been set up on main roads, including the A9, with vehicles being subjected to intense searches. Checkpoints have also been set up in Elephant Pass, Mankulam and Omanthai where the military have been noting vehicle registration numbers and passenger details. The Sri Lankan army, who continue to be stationed across the Tamil homeland, have ramped up their intimidation tactics as the Tamil nation prepares to mark Maaveerar Naal. Over the...

First day of Maaveerar remembrance week marked in Point Pedro

The first day of Maaveerar remembrance week, the week leading up to Maaveerar Naal, was marked in Point Pedro this morning. Plaques inscribed with the names of all those who sacrificed their lives, have been erected at a memorial hall on Paruthithurai Court road. The parents of two Maaveerar lit a flame before flowers were laid by the plaques to pay tribute to the fighters who gave their lives to the Tamil struggle for liberation.

Maaveerar week preparations completed at Jaffna University

Preparations for Maaveerar Week - or Great Heroes Week- have been completed at the University of Jaffna as the Tamil nation remember those who sacrificed their lives in the Tamil struggle for liberation.

Postwar Perspectives on Sri Lanka’s crisis - Stanford’s Centre for South Asia 

Speaking at Stanford University’s Centre for South Asia, Senior Lecturer of Political Economy at the University of Jaffna, Ahilan Kadirgamar, and Tamil Guardian editorial board member, Viruben Nandakumar, discuss Sri Lanka’s current economic crisis; the expansion of the military establishment; and the island’s international relations.

'Investing in a failed state' - Gary Anandasangaree slams MPs encouraging investment in Sri Lanka

Responding to the recent visit of Canada’s business delegation to Sri Lanka, MP Gary Anandasangaree expressed his disappointment in Canadian MPs seeking investment “in a failed state with a horrendous human rights record and endemic corruption.” Deeply disappointed that @handongontario and @RachaelThomasMP encouraged #Canadians to invest in a failed state with a horrendous human rights record and endemic corruption. This was not a Gov of Canada sanctioned mission but rather 2 I’ll advised MPs going on a free trip. — Gary Anandasangaree (@gary_srp) November 18, 2022 The...