The Sri Lankan military today set up check points at both main entrances to Mullivaikkal beach, registering those passing through, just hours before Tamils plan to gather Mullivaikkal genocide remembrance events, set to take place tomorrow.
Marking the tenth anniversary of the end of the armed conflict, Switzerland's ambassador to Sri Lanka, Hanspeter Mock said "cycles of violence can only be stopped if the government ensures that perpetrators can no longer enjoy impunity." In a statement issued today, the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, "the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks against civilians and members of the Christian community in the capital Colombo and other cities, coupled with the ensuing clashes and assaults against ethnic minorities and refugees, showed that the root causes of the conflict have not yet been addressed." "Switzerland condemns the intolerance and violence that have led to tremendous suffering in Sri Lanka over the last few decades, and offers it sincere condolences to the victims' families."
To mark the tenth anniversary of massacre that took place at the end of the armed conflict in Mullivaikkal on May 18, 2009, over sixty Tamil Diaspora organisations signed a declaration of solidarity to work towards justice for genocide, demilitarisation and Tamil self-determination. “On 18 May 2019, ten years since the Sri Lankan state’s genocide against the Tamil nation reached its peak, we stand in solidarity with our brethren in their quest for justice," the organisations said in a joint statement.
Local government bodies and places of worship across the North-East held remembrance events for May 2009 this week ahead of the main event tomorrow at Mullivaikkal where thousands of people are expected to attend at the site of the final phase of the armed conflict and where tens of thousands were massacred by the Sri Lankan armed forces.
Tamils gathered in Neduntheevu on Wednesday to remember the thirty-six Tamils massacred by Sri Lankan navy officers on board the Kumuthini boat on May 15, 1985.
Families of the disappeared in Vavuniya this week urged Sri Lanka to be referred to the International Criminal Court as they held a token fast in tribute to the tens of thousands massacred by the Sri Lankan armed forces in May 2009.
Two Jaffna University student union leaders and a campus hospitality worker, arrested earlier this month under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), were yesterday released on bail.
The leader of the Ilankai Thamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK), Mavai Senathirajah, the former chief minister, C V Wigneswaran and the Tamil National People's Front (TNPF) called on Tamils to gather tomorrow at the May 2009 remembrance event in Mullivaikkal in memory of those who were massacred.