Harassment of civil society activist over Mullivaikkal remembrance continues

The civil society activist who was harassed by the police for his involvement in the organisation of a memorial event today has now been summoned for questioning by police. Father Elil Rajendram received a visit from two Sri Lankan police officers at around 8pm local time, who carried a letter from the Assistant Superintendent of Police from Vavuniya, summoning him for questioning on the instruction of the Inspector General of Police - the head of the Sri Lankan police force. However as the letter was in Sinhala only, the priest rejected the letter, demanding a Tamil version, which was...

Tamils in Kilinochchi remember May 18 massacre

The Tamil National Alliance's Kilinochchi division on Thursday commemorated the massacre of tens of thousands of Tamils at the end of the armed conflict.

Hundreds attend Mullivaikkal remembrance at the Eastern University

Students at the Eastern University gathered in large numbers at the Swami Vipulananda Campus, commemorating those who died in the war on the eighth anniversary of the last day of the armed conflict. The university's student union also took part in a blood donation drive at the Batticaloa Teaching Hospital.

Tamils mark 'Tamil Genocide Day' on May 18

Eelam Tamils across the homeland and the diaspora commemorate the Mullivaikkal Remembrance Day

Tamil Genocide Remembrance Week marked in Mannar

Members of the Tamil community in Mannar gathered to commemorate Uyilangulam Massacre as part of Tamil Genocide Remembrance Week, on Wednesday. Northern Provincial Councillor MK Shivajalingam was also present at the event. Photographs: Tamil Guardian

'Intimidation, harassment and surveillance' threatens memorial events – Adayaalam

The Adayaalam Centre for Policy Research (ACPR) condemned efforts by the Sri Lankan government to repress memorialisation efforts by Tamils, after a Sri Lankan court ordered a stay against a memoiral event planned by Tamil civil society for tomorrow. “Over the past month, Tamil civil society activists involved in memorialisation work have been repeatedly visited and interrogated by military intelligence and police,” said ACPR in a statement released today. In particular, the statement highlighted the summoning of two civil society activists by Sri Lankan police in Mullaitivu and “a letter...

Where mourning the dead is banned - ITJP

The International Truth and Justice Project condemned the recent ban by Sri Lanka’s government on the commemorations of the dead by Tamil families in Mullivaikkal and called on the government to lift the ban immediately, in a statement released on Wednesday. “Remembering the dead is a fundamental right of the culture of every people and begs the question of how weeping parents, remembering their loved ones, can threaten national security? The ban on the basis of national security is based on spurious grounds and is a sign of the ongoing repression and militarisation that continues to affect...

Former LTTE cadres mark Tamil Genocide Remembrance Week at Sampur

Former LTTE cadres held a ceremony to mark Tamil Genocide Remembrance Week at Sampur today. The ceremony, attended by Northern Province Councillor Ananthy Sasitharan, saw a flame lit in remembrance of those killed during the final phases of the armed conflict.

Mullaitivu court serves stay order banning Mullivaikkaal commemoration

The Mullaitivu magistrates court has served a stay order banning Mullivaikkaal commemorations planned for May 18th by Tamil civil society members.

Mullivaikkaal remembrance organisers summoned by Sri Lankan police for questioning

Mullaitivu police detained an individual involved in Mullivaikkaal remembrance activities and summoned one other organiser for questioning on Tuesday evening. The organiser, Father Elil Rajan, responded to the summons by attending the police station with a lawyer. Father Elil was questioned about the remembrance activities he was involved in organising and was released after submitting a statement. The other individual was also released after the statement was given. Last week, multiple military officials were reported to have harassed the same civil society members involved in the...