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Sri Lankan government bans construction of Mullivaikkal memorial in Jaffna Uni

The Sri Lankan government has placed a ban on the construction of a genocide memorial in Jaffna University, student union representatives have reported.

Construction on the monument to commemorate the thousands of Tamils killed in the final stages of the war, including Jaffna University students, began last week.

After some initial disagreements between the student union and the university administration about the location of the memorial, work went ahead with the monument being located close to the existing Maaveerar (LTTE martyrs) monument in the campus grounds.

On Thursday a ban on construction was imposed by the University Grants Commission and the Higher Education Ministry.

The student union said they were working to get the ban lifted.