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Military harasses civil society working on Mullivaikkaal commemoration efforts

Over the past few days, multiple military officials have harassed a civil society worker helping memorialization efforts of Mullivaikkaal. With the help of the local community, the civil society worker has been carving the names of those who were killed in the last phase of the war onto stones which they plan to turn into a memorial for May 18th.

Photo: ITJP SL

A civil society actor involved with the project told Tamil Guardian, "How can we talk about good governance when there isn't even space to commemorate those who were killed 8 years after the war?"

Noting that this phenomenon of repressing memorialization was nothing new he added, "people cannot be expected to participate in reconciliation processes when they still don't have the space to remember and mourn those who were killed."

Photos: ITJP SL