Sri Lankan forestry department complicit in illegal logging across North-East

Sri Lanka's Foresty Department is alleged to have facilitated the illegal trade of timber across the North-East, particularly forested areas in Mullaitivu which have been targeted by illegal loggers leading to high rates of deforestation within the area. Teak trees cut in the Murrippu, in the Mullaitivu district, are reportedly transported to the Nahacholai forest area and sold by smugglers. Trees planted by the LTTE which have matured into forests have been targeted by the logging with local residents accusing the government of supporting the trade. The Sri Lankan forestry department had...

'Systematic and intentional genocide' - PEARL reflects on Black July

Marking 38 years since the horrors of Black July, the People for Equality and Relief for in Lanka (PEARL) renewed calls for justice and reflected on the "indelible impact of this genocide committed against Tamil people." In a statement, the US-based organisation highlighted that the violent massacres of Black July, which took over 3,000 Tamil lives and forced more than 50,000 Tamils to flee the island, was "systematic and intentional genocide". "The almost entirely Sinhalese police, military, and security forces stood idle and watched, or sometimes even encouraged and took part in the...

38th anniversary of Black July marked across Tamil homeland

Demonstration were carried out in Jaffna, Amparai, Vavuniya and Mannar to mark the 38 th anniversary of Black July, paying tribute to the thousands of Tamil lives lost during the state-sponsored anti-Tamil pogroms of 1983.

British Tamils mark Black July with protest at Downing Street

British Tamils gathered outside Downing Street to mark the 38th anniversary of Black July, when thousands of Tamils were killed by Sinhala mobs backed by the Sri Lankan state. LIVE - British Tamils mark 38th anniversary of Black July outside Downing Street pic.twitter.com/WCnf6LpTuK — Tamil Guardian (@TamilGuardian) July 23, 2021 Protestors chanted slogans and held placards demanding justice for the mass atrocities committed by various Sri Lankan regimes and called for an end to the ongoing occupation of the Tamil homeland. 38 years ago today, Sinhala mobs used voter registration lists to...

20 years since the LTTE assault on Katunayake air force base

Today marks 20 years since a team of 14 LTTE commandos infiltrated and attacked the Sri Lankan Air Force Base in Katunayake, destroying several aircraft and causing over US$500 million worth of damage without a single civilian fatality. Remnants of the Sri Lankan military jets that were destroyed in the raid. The assault, launched to mark 18 years since the Black July pogrom, came on the back of a series of disastrous military setbacks for Sri Lanka, lurching then-president Chandrika Kumaratunga's government further into crisis. Read more about the operation in this extract from Anton...

Canadian parliamentarians commemorate Black July

Marking the 38th anniversary of the Black July massacre in which over 3,000 Tamils were slaughtered, Canada’s Prime Minister and senior parliamentarians marked the memorial by demanding accountability for human rights abuses in Sri Lanka. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau put out an official statement commemorating the "horrific events". The events of Black July and the ensuing conflict were horrific. Today, we remember the thousands of Tamils whose lives were taken or forever changed during this time - and we reaffirm our support for accountability, peace, and reconciliation in Sri Lanka. https...

German Tamils commemorate 38 years since Black July

Marking the 38 th anniversary of the Black July massacre in which over 3,000 Tamils were slaughtered, German Tamils gathered in the city centre of Berlin to remember this act of genocide. Speaking at the memorial, Sankar, from the People's Council of Eelam (VETD), noted how the horrors of Black July led to a mass exodus of Tamils from Sri Lanka. “Thousands came to Germany every year, mostly via East Berlin”, he notes. Today there are an estimated 60,000 German Tamils living all over Germany. The struggle of refugees “Our parents have to fight for recognition and their right to stay for many...

Canadian Prime Minister remembers ‘horrific events’ of Black July 

Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, remembered the “victims of the horrific events” of Black July, which took the lives of thousands of Tamils 38 years ago. “In July 1983, longstanding tensions and unrest culminated in anti-Tamil pogroms in Colombo and across Sri Lanka, plunging the country into a 26-year-long armed conflict. The conflict killed tens of thousands of people, forced many into exile, and left lasting wounds in communities across the country,” Trudeau said in a statement. “In the months following Black July, and thanks in large part to the advocacy of Tamil Canadians, the...

Protesters mark 38th anniversary of Black July in Jaffna

Protesters in Jaffna marked the 38th anniversary of Black July, the horrific anti-Tamil pogrom of 1983 when thousands of Tamils were killed by Sinhala mobs backed by the then UNP government and state forces. The protest, organised by the Tamil National People's Front (TNPF), remembered the victims of the massacre and reiterated ongoing calls for an international investigation into the numerous episodes of violence against Tamils in the North-East and across the island. During the anti-Tamil pogroms, Sinhala mobs targeted Tamil homes and businesses, looting and ransacking their property...

Jaffna Municipal Council commemorate Black July

Jaffna Municipal Council marked the 38th anniversary of Black July by paying tribute to the thousands of Tamil lives lost during the anti-Tamil pogrom of 1983. Led by Mayor of Jaffna, Visvalingam Manivannan , members lit candles and laid flowers in a tribute to the victims of the brutal violence, where thousands of Tamils were killed by Sinhala mobs backed by the then UNP government and state forces. Armed with electoral rolls, Sinhala mobs targeted Tamil homes and businesses, looting and ransacking property. Driven from their homes, particularly in Colombo, over 3000 Tamils were massacred,...

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