German Tamils mark May 18th

German Tamils held events across Germany in remembrance of the victims of Mullivaikkal. Events took place in Berlin, Saarbrücken, Landau, Sinsheim and Mülheim an der Ruhr. Whilst people paid their respects by laying flowers, Tamil youth handed out leaflets detailing the on-gong atrocities taking place in the North-East, and a commemorative plaque was unveiled. The plaque, placed along side an apple tree, read: "Like the apple tree planted into the soil, so should the memories of the tens of thousands of murdered Tamils be deeply rooted in our thoughts."

Los Angeles students raise awareness of genocide with bake sale

A group of students in Los Angeles have hosted a bake sale to highlight the genocide of the Tamil people in Sri Lanka, after learning about genocide in their high school classes. Held in Beverly Hills, hundreds of dollars were raised as passersby were drawn to the sale of cakes, cookies and wristbands. The students who began to research the genocide on the island, felt particularly passionate about what had happened and decided to try and raise awareness about the issue. Speaking to TamilNet , they said, "We searched videos and read articles of the Sri Lankan people and we felt that it was...

Tamils in Italy raise awareness in remembrance of Mullivaikal

Photographs: A remembrance event held in Reggio Emilia. Remembrance events were held in Italy earlier this week, to mark the 3rd anniversary of the Mullivaiakal massacre which claimed tens of thousands of civilian lives in 2009. In the city of Reggio Emilia, the Council of Eelam Tamil Italy (CETI) and Giovani Tamil organised an event to commemorate the genocide in the city square. Placing 40 bricks in the square, to represent the estimated 40,000 civilians massacred in the final stages of the armed conflict, the event drew a large crowd. Flyers were handed out by the organisation members, who...

Mullivaikal remembrance held in Australia

Eelam Tamils gathered in Sydney on Friday to commemorate the Senator Lee Rhiannon Mullivaikal massacre. An event at the Bahai centre saw various speakers, including Meena Krishnamoorthy, a survivor of the massacre, and Senator Lee Rhiannon from the Green Party of Australia. Seran Sribalan, Tamil youth activist from Australia told TamilNet : “Throughout the history of Tamil Eelam struggle, we have seen different types of problems and atrocities. But the Tamil resistance was able to overcome it. Similarly with Mu’l’livaaykkaal. While the occasion tells the world about the genocide of our people...

May massacre remembered in New Zealand

The Tamil Youth Organisation – New Zealand held an event to commemorate the Mullivaikal massacre on Saturday. Tamils from across New Zealand gathered to pay there respect by laying flowers at a memorial. Member of the New Zealand House of Representatives Jan Logie and human rights activist Maire Leadbeater gave speeches remembering the victims of the massacre. Members of the TYO – NZ played a video they produced, detailing the genocide of Tamils by Sri Lanka. The national flag of Tamil Eelam was raised at the event Jan Logie, Member of Parliament for the Green Party, speaking to the audience

Canadian Tamil youth remain bold remembering Mullivaikal

Remembering the massacre at Mullivaikal in May 2009, Canadian Tamil youth held a “Tamil Uprising Day” in Ontario earlier this week, marking the occasion as a symbol of protest. The rally, held near the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in Queen’s Park, saw performances and speeches from the Tamil Youth Organisation of Canada and Tamil Student Associations members. Speeches were also given by Safiyah Husein, the Vice-President Equity of the York Federation of Students and James Clarke from the Canadian Peace Alliance, Canada’s largest peace organization. Also speaking at the event was the newly...

Raising awareness of May 19th massacre in Belgium

Tamils in Belgium raised awareness of the war crimes and genocide that led to the massacre of Mullivaikkal, this weekend, in memory of those who perished.

Mullivaikal remembered across America

Photograph: Remembrance event in Boston Courtesy of Tamil American Peace Initiative (TAPI) on Twitter . Photographs: Remembrance event held in Northern California Courtesy of USTPAC . Photographs: US House Foreign Affairs Committee "Sri Lanka's Killing Fields" screening and discussion Courtesy of USTPAC . Events across America have been held this week to mark the 3 year anniversary since the massacre at Mullivaikal by the Sri Lankan Armed Forces. In Northern California Bay Area, representatives from various diaspora organisations, as well as representatives from Amnesty International and the...

British Tamils remember Mullivaikkal massacre

Tamils remember those killed in the Vanni (Pictures: Tamil Guardian) British Tamils came together to remember the victims of the Mullivaikkal massacre at Trafalgar Square on Saturday. Commencing the event with a minute silence for all those who died at Mullivaikkal and during over 60 years of genocide, Tamils young and old alike paid their respects to those who died in the struggle for freedom by laying flowers. Organised by the British Tamil Forum (BTF), the event was addressed by a wide range of speakers, and included moving dance and poetry acts by British Tamil youth, including from the...

Swedish Tamils raise awareness of Mullivaikkal massacre

Swedish Tamils raised awareness on the killing of tens of thousands of Tamil civilians during the final stages of the armed conflict in 2009. Members of Tamil Youth Organisation Sweden (TYO-Sweden), and Swedish Tamil Forum (STF) handed out leaflets detailing the genocide faced by Eelam Tamils, in universities, town centres and within the central part of Stockholm. Local Swedish people were moved greatly by the accounts of Tamils who had perished, and shared in the remembrance events by lighting candles.