‘Defence, Intelligence, Everyone’ - Sri Lanka military pressure ramps up at Jaffna University

Jaffna University’s Vice Chancellor claims he was under pressure from the Sri Lankan military to remove a monument dedicated to massacred Tamils, as the security forces continue to interfere with the running of the university

'Deeply saddened by the scenes at Jaffna University' says Lord Ahmad

The UK Minister of State for South Asia and Human Rights, Lord Tariq Ahmad of Wimbledon, admonished the recent destruction of the Mullivaikkal memorial today. Ahmad tweeted : Deeply saddened by the scenes at Jaffna University. It's important that people are able to remember all the tragic victims of Sri Lanka's conflict which help to heal the wounds of the past and support reconciliation. — Lord (Tariq)Ahmad of Wimbledon (@tariqahmadbt) January 9, 2021 Lord Ahmad has previously spoken on the political situation in Sri Lanka, highlighting its human rights issue, including the “harassment of...

Tamil Rights Group calls on Canada to play 'more active role' in holding Sri Lanka accountable for ongoing genocide of Tamils

The Tamil Rights Group (TRG) called on Canada to "do more to hold Sri Lanka accountable for its ongoing genocide against ethnic Tamils on the island" in a statement condemning the demolition of the Mullivaikkal memorial. Yesterday, a memorial monument in Jaffna University campus was demolished by the authorities while protesters staged a protest outside the university entrance calling on them to stop the demolition. The monument was constructed in 2019 to remember the tens of thousands of Tamils killed in the Mullivaikkal massacre perpetrated by the Sri Lankan state in May 2009 at the end of...

Tamil Nadu expresses outrage after demolition of Mulllivaikal memorial in Jaffna

Politicians from across Tamil Nadu condemned the demolition of the Mullivaikal massacre memorial in Jaffna University on Friday, urging for the memorial to be re-constructed and pledged solidarity with protesting Eelam Tamils. Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Edappadi K Palaniswami, of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) party tweeted his condemnation of the racism-fueled act carried out by the Sri Lankan government with aid of the Vice Chancellor of the University of Jaffna. Palaniswami said the destruction of the monument was "shocking" and strongly condemned the move by...

Armed Sinhalese men attack and abduct six farmers in Batticaloa

Farmers in Mayilathamadu and Mathavanai districts in Batticaloa have reported that at least six farmers were tied up, beaten and taken to a distant and unidentified place by Sinhalese members of the community on Saturday morning. All their contacts have since been disconnected after their phones were seized. The leader of the farmers who was present at the scene said that fellow farmers who went to look for the abducted farmers were threatened and chased away by the Sinhalese men. He said that a number of armed and unknown people threatened the farmers and asked to check their residences and...

University Grant’s Commission Chair claims Mullivaikkal memorial ‘threatened North-South unity’

University Grants Commission Chair Prof. Sampath Amaratunga has claimed that the Mullaiviakal memorial at Jaffna university, which commemorates the tens of thousands of Tamil lives lost Sri Lanka’s military offensive, “threatened North-South unity”. He further claimed that the decision was to avoid a rift between students and that there are 1000 Sinhalese students in the Jaffna University and several Tamil students from the North studying in universities in the South. Amaratunga further decried that the statement was a monument to war, stating; “What Sri Lanka requires today is not war...

Two Jaffna University students released on bail

The Jaffna magistrate's court has released on bail two students who were arrested during the protest against the demolishment of the Mullivaikkal memorial at the University of Jaffna. Students, political representatives and locals began to protest at the main gate of the university after hearing of the memorial being demolished on the orders of the university administration on Friday night. During the protests, the two university students were arrested by the police and charged with trespassing on the university campus and causing a riot. The two were arraigned in the presence of Jaffna...

European parliamentarian calls for Sri Lankan war crimes investigation following attempted destruction of Mullivaikkal memorial

European Parliament member, Nikolaj Villumsen, has expressed his solidarity with Eelam Tamils following the destruction of the Mullivaikal monument at Jaffna University yesterday and has called on Denmark and the EU to condemn the act as well as to intensify the pressure exerted on Sri Lanka for an independent investigation into the genocide of Tamils. This statement was in response to protests at Jaffna University against attempts to remove a Mullivaikkal memorial commemorating the lives lost during the Tamil liberation struggle. This comes as an increasing number of Tamil parliamentarians...

Sri Lanka erasing memories of massacres through monument demolition - C.V. Wigneswaran

Jaffna MP and leader of the Tamil Makkal Desiya Kootani (TMTK) leader C.V Wigneswaran said the demolition of the Mullivaikkal memorial at the University of Jaffna forms part of the Sri Lankan government's wider agenda to erase memory of past injustices perpertrated against Tamils. "Totally erasing memories of the injustices and massacres perpetrated against Tamils is the agenda of the present government. The demolition of the Mullivaikkal memorial is part of the administration's larger agenda. This is one of the most perilous items in the programme of the government. It is understood that many such plans profilerate with the administration," Wigneswaran said in a statement condemning the demolition

Black front pages as Tamil newspapers mourn destruction of Mullivaikkal memorial

Tamil newspapers in Jaffna have denounced the destruction of the Mullivaikkal memorial at the University of Jaffna this morning as they printed black front pages in their morning editions. The Kaalaikathir, Yarl Thinakkural, Uthayan and Eelanadu newspapers all ran the destruction as their lead stories this morning, as protests continued outside the university campus. See the front pages of the newspapers below. Dozens of protestors are still gathered at the campus gates this morning, amidst a heavy Sri Lankan security presence. Follow our coverage below: LIVE - Protests continue in Jaffna as...

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