Student poet’s continued detention under Sri Lanka's PTA slammed

The continued detention of 25-year-old Ahnaf Jazeem, a Muslim poet from Mannar, by Sri Lankan authorities under terrorism charges has drawn widespread condemnation across the island. Sri Lanka’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID) decided his book of Tamil language poems, titled Navarasam contained extremist messaging and have held him in detention since May 2020 under the draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA).

Swiss Tamils rally in solidarity with Jaffna University students over Mullivaikkal memorial destruction

Tamils in Switzerland held a rally outside the United Nations in Geneva today to condemn the demolition of the Mullivaikkal memorial in the University of Jaffna. Swiss Tamils demonstrates in solidarity with the students at Jaffna University as global outrage continues over the destruction of the monument dedicated to the tens of thousands of Tamils killed at the end of the armed conflict in 2009. Following the incident, Jaffna University students launched an international appeal to universities and students, urging them to bring the issue to the attention of their respective governments and...

'A highly political choice to silence the memories of thousands' - British MP Virendra Sharma

British MP for Ealing Southall, Virendra Sharma, has condemned the destruction of the Mullivaikal memorial in Jaffna university, describing it as "a high political choice to silence the memories of thousands". On Twitter he stated: The destruction of #Tamil monuments in #SriLanka is a violation to #UNHRC resolutions. I stand in solidarity with Tamils as they resist this oppression. #tamilgenocideisfact pic.twitter.com/vDqqPM9f0D — Virendra Sharma MP (@VirendraSharma) January 12, 2021 In his statement, Sharma calls on the British Foreign Secretary to raise these concerns directly with the Sri...

Tamil Canadian youth and student organisations condemn destruction of Mullivaikkal memorial monument

The Tamil Youth Organisation (TYO), Canadian Tamil Youth Alliance (CTYA) and a collective of Tamil Canadian student organisations across the country have released statements condemning the destruction of the Mullivaikkal memorial monument at the University of Jaffna, in an act of solidarity with the Jaffna University Students' Union . TYO highlighted the continued “structural genocide” that the Tamil nation face, in a statement released this weekend; “Emboldened by the lack of a firm and strong international response in support of justice, the Sri Lankan state has currently intensified its...

'An attempt to erase history' - Leader of Ontario Liberal Party, Steven Del Duca condemns destruction of Mullivaikkal memorial

Responding to protests in Jaffna, Steven Del Duca, Leader of the Ontario Liberal Party has condemned the destruction of the Mullaivaikkal monument as an "attempt to erase history". Destruction of the #MullivaikkalMemorial is an attempt to erase history, and strip the Tamil community of their ability to mourn their losses. Ontario Liberals stand with leaders around the world condemning the appalling actions of those responsible. https://t.co/pEGUaCDZwI — Steven Del Duca (@StevenDelDuca) January 12, 2021 Whilst the administration has claimed that they will rebuild the monument, Jaffna...

12th anniversary of journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge commemorated in Batticaloa

The 12th anniversary of the assassination of journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge was commemorated on Friday at the Batticaloa Media Centre under the chairmanship of V. Krishnakumar, Chairman of the Batticaloa District Media Organization. The former lawyer, co-founder and editor of Sunday Leader was a staunch critic of the various human rights violations perpetrated by the Rajapaksa government and the corruption by its ministers. He was also vocal against the war efforts against the Tamils in the North-East. Wickrematunge and his newspaper were particularly critical in the coverage of the then-...

Protests across North-East call for release of Tamil political prisoners

A series of protests were carried across the North-East in several districts, last week on Tuesday (5 th January) demanding the release of Tamil political prisoners and for the Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to issue amnesty to them.

UK MP calls on Britain to play leading role at UNHRC following destruction of Mullivaikkal monument

Siobhain McDonagh, Labour MP for Mitcham and Morden, called on Britain to play a leading role in the upcoming United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) session during a Global Britain Debate in UK Parliament today. McDonagh drew attention to the demolition of the Mullivaikkal memorial at Jaffna University, describing it as "an act that completely undermines the process of truth, justice and accountability." The MP urged the UK government to ensure that a new resolution is agreed upon at the UNHRC session in March. McDonagh called for: "A resolution that will maintain human rights monitoring...

Jaffna University students launch international appeal for solidarity against genocide

Jaffna University students have made an urgent call to universities and students around the world, stating that the “structural genocide of Tamils continues even after almost 12 years since the end of the war”. Detailing the military harrassment faced, the abductions and even murders of Tamil students at the university, the Students’ Union said , “we afraid for our lives and we cordially request your help to prevent this situation”. “Some of our fellow students have been enforced to disappear and be shot dead by Sri Lankan armed forces,” the statement said. “Anyone who questions these...

‘My heart breaks for the Tamil people’ – Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario

Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario, and Leader of the Ontario PC party has issued a statement in solidarity with Tamil protesters in Jaffna following the destruction of the Mullivaikkal Memorial monument in Jaffna. On Twitter he stated: My heart breaks for the Tamil people who are dealing with the destruction of the Mullivaikkal Memorial Monument. https://t.co/7qte6ffAjQ — Doug Ford (@fordnation) January 11, 2021

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