Mallakam court summons local council chairman over Maaveerar Naal commemoration

Mallakam District Court has summoned Valikamam East Pradeshiya Sabha chairman Thiyagaraja Nirosh and deputy chairman Kapilan over Maaveerar Naal commemorations as Sri Lankan police push for more bans across the North-East. The Valikamam East Pradeshiya Sabha chairman and his deputy have been ordered to appear in court on Monday 22nd November after the police sough a court order to ban any memorial events from taking place. In the lead up to Maaveerar Naal, courts across the North-East have imposed bans on commemoration events, as the state continues to clamp down on Tamils and deprive them of...

Batticaloa court bans seven individuals from participating in Maaveerar Naal commemorations

Kokkadichcholai police officer hands court order to former TNA MP P Ariyenthran. Photograph courtesy of Pathivu. Seven individuals, including Tamil MPs, have been banned from participating in any commemoration events to mark Maaveerar Naal. Batticaloa Magistrate Court issued an order following a request from Kokkdaichcholai police, banning individuals, including Tamil MPs from participating in events from November 20th to the 27th. Former Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP Ariyenthran and TNA MP Shanakiyan Rasamanickam are amongst those included in the court order. Pathivu reported that the...

TNPF members launch palmyrah tree planting programme to mark Maaveerar week

Members of the Tamil National People's Front (TNPF) have launched a palmyrah tree planting programme to commemorate Maaveerar week, with the aim of planting 100,000 Palmyra seeds in Jaffna. The environmental branch of the TNPF launched the programme today amidst an intensifying crackdown in the North-East. In recent weeks, Sri Lankan security forces have set up new checkpoints in the North-East, particularly in Mullaitivu, in the lead up to Maaveerar Naal, the Tamil national remembrance day for fallen Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) cadres. The roadblock style checkpoints have been...

More checkpoints and road blocks in Mullaitivu ahead of Maaveerar Naal

Sri Lanka's security forces have set up a series of new checkpoints in Mullaitivu ahead of Maaveerar Naal, as the state ramps up it's crackdown on Tamil memorialisation of LTTE cadres. The state's forces have beefed up their presence across Mullaitivu district, particularly in the areas surrounding Thuyilum Illams - LTTE martyr resting homes. Roads leading to and surrounding the Mullaiyavalai Thuyilum Illam, Theraviil Thuyilum Illam, Iranaipalai Thuyilum Illam and the Mullivaiikkal memorial have all been cordoned off by the police. Locals in Mullaitivu reported that the police have been...

Tamil Rights Group files submission to International Criminal Court to investigate Sri Lanka for crimes against humanity

The Tamil Rights Group filed a Communication to the International Criminal Court (ICC) last week, seeking a preliminary examination into crimes against humanity of deportation and persecution committed against Eelam Tamils within the territories of state parties to the ICC. Although Sri Lanka is not party to the Rome Statute, the TRG and the International Tamil Refugee Assistance Network (ITRAN), have filed a communication on the basis that there is "compelling evidence" of members of the Sri Lankan government and it’s armed forces committed the crimes against humanity of deportation and...

Indian consulate partake in opening of 'Karthikai Vaasam' flower garden

The Tamil National Green Organization (TNGO) opened 'Karthika Vaasam' flower garden at Nallur Kittu Park in Jaffna on Saturday, as karthigaipoo flowers were pinned on participants including the Indian Deputy High Commissioner, ahead of Northern Tree Planting Month.

'We are progressing towards a permanent solution' - TNA MP Shanakiyan tells Tamils in Toronto

Shanakiyan Rasamanickam, a parliamentarian from the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), addressed an audience of Tamil diaspora in Toronto, Canada, stating that the party was progressing towards a "permanent solution" to the ongoing ethnic conflict. His speech comes following the meeting between a TNA delegation with the US State Department earlier this week. In his speech, Rasamanickam spoke about his party’s goal to achieve a favourable political settlement for Tamils in the Sri Lankan polity. “We are progressing towards a permanent solution and we need your complete support towards that end,”...

Future of Jaffna Cultural Centre looks 'uncertain'

Writing in the Hindu, Meera Srinivasan highlights ongoing uncertainty over who will run the India-funded Jaffna Cultural Centre which currently remains vacant despite being completed in early 2020. The towering structure is the tallest building in Jaffna town and is located next to the historic Jaffna Public library. It was built with an $11 million grant of India and stands at 11 floors which includes an auditorium that can seat 600 persons, a conference hall, an amphitheatre and a digital library. The site is intended to be a public space to “promote, preserve and foster the cultural...

Yohani to be congratulated in parliament following criticism of her praise for Sri Lanka's military

Sri Lankan singer, Yohani De Silva, is to be congratulated in Sri Lankan parliament on 23 November following criticism over her repeated public praise of her father, army commander Prasanna De Silva who is credibly accused of overseeing war crimes.

'There is no LTTE now for you to blame!' - Gajen Ponnambalam speaks out against the unitary state

Responding to Sri Lankan cabinet minister, Dullas Alahapperuma, leader of the Tamil National People's Front (TNPF) Gajen Ponnambalam spoke out against the government's insistence on a "unitary state", arguing it has led to the "appalling situation to which this country has fallen". Ponnambalam stated the country's fall began ten years after independence when the government "chose to look upon another population that inhabits this country as an enemy" and "chose to deliberately pursue policies, first and foremost, to destroy that perceived enemy". "[This was done] so that they can claim no...

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