‘Tamil politicians have forsaken us’ say Keppapilavu protestors after 863 days of protest

The villagers of Keppapilavu who have been calling for the released of their occupied land for more than 863 days criticised Tamil politicians, stating that they have been “forsaken”. Speaking to reporters in Mullaitivu, where the Sri Lankan security forces have continued to occupy private Tamil land, protestors slammed leaders from the Tamil National Alliance as well as the governor of the Northern province Suren Raghavan. “In the past, TNA parliamentarian Mavai Senathirajah has said that if the people’s lands are not released, he too will join the people in their protest,” said one...

Hundreds attend Neeraviyadi temple's pongal 'festival of resistance'

Hundreds of Tamils flocked to Mullaitivu on Saturday as a Hindu temple, formerly on the verge of being colonised by Buddhist monks, held a festival for the first time in over a decade. The Neeraviyadi Pillaiyaar temple in Semmalai has been at the centre of a local dispute about land-grabs and Sinhalisation, as a Buddhist monk has spent the last ten years establishing a vihara on the temple’s premises, culminating in the building of a massive Buddha statue. The Hindu temple which was previously out-of-bounds due to Sri Lankan army occupation has restarted worship activities after a court ruled...

US Congressional Caucus discusses lack of progress on transitional justice and rise of radical Sinhala nationalism in Sri Lanka

United States Congressmen from both main parties discussed the threat of radical Sinhala nationalism in Sri Lanka and the country's lack of progress on transitional justice during the 'Congressional Caucus on Ethnic and Religious Freedom in Sri Lanka' held in Washington DC last month.

Ontario’s Legislative Assembly unanimously votes in favour of Tamil Genocide Week Act 

Canadian parliamentarians from across the political spectrum debated a bill that would proclaim the week ending May 18th as Tamil Genocide Education Week, unanimously voting in favour of it. The bill, put forward by MPP Vijay Thanigasalam, was voted for by 59 parliamentarians with none opposing and has been sent to the Standing Committee on Regulations and Private Bills. Several parliamentarians spoke in support of the bill during the debate, with members from different parties calling for more legislation to recognise the Tamil genocide. Excerpts and videos from the debate have been...

Tamils across the world mark Mullivaikkal genocide

Tamils around the world held vigils, rallies, marches and exhibitions to mark May 18 as Tamil Genocide Day.

Tamils gather at Mullivaikkal to remember genocide 10 years on

Tamils across the homeland gathered at the Mullivaikkal memorial today 10 years since the end of the armed conflict to remember the killing of tens of thousands by Sri Lankan armed forces.

10 years today - A massacre in Mullivaikkal

Marking 10 years since the Sri Lankan military onslaught that massacred tens of thousands of Tamils, we revisit the final days leading up to the 18 th of May 2009 – a date remembered around the world as ‘Tamil Genocide Day’. The total number of Tamil civilians killed during the final months is widely contested. After providing an initial death toll of 40,000, the UN found evidence suggesting that 70,000 were killed. Local census records indicate that at least 146,679 people are unaccounted for and presumed to have been killed during the Sri Lankan military offensive.

'Remember Mullivaikkal' website launched to commemorate massacres

As part of a collaborative project marking the 10th year since the end of the war in Sri Lanka, today the Adayaalam Centre for Policy Research, Tamil Guardian and 47 Roots, launched: www.RememberMay2009.com. The website aims to provide a resource that maps out the atrocities that took place during the final months of the armed conflict and reflects on their impact 10 years later. “For the Tamil community, the last phase of the war marks one of the darkest periods in the nation’s history, and is recognised as a genocide,” said Research Director of Adayaalam, Dharsha Jegatheeswaran. “We aim...

British opposition leaders commit to justice, accountability and Tamil self-determination

A future Labour government would be committed to the causes of achieving justice and accountability for the Tamil people, as well as recognising their right to self-determination, the party’s leading figures said this week at an event marking the tenth anniversary of Mullivaikkal in Parliament. “This is a sad occasion because we are commemorating the tenth anniversary of that terrible massacre,” said Labour leader and Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Corbyn MP. “We need a recognition of the atrocities, an end to the ongoing human rights violations, accountability for the mass atrocities,” Mr...

Increased security presence across North-East as troops conduct search operations

Military personnel, Special Task Force officers, and police were seen in heightened numbers across the North-East this weekend as more people were arrested for alleged involvement with the Easter Sunday blasts. Residents in Maruthamunai, Amparai described seeing security forces directing all Muslim people in the area to Kariyappar School after a gun battle between troops and Islamists extremists took place. Muslim residents were interrogated and forced to register their details with the military.