Tamil women-led protesters in Keappaa-pulavu on Saturday questioned the silence on the part of the diplomats from the international community who have been to Keappaa-pulavu on ‘field trips’ in the past. The Head of Keappaa-pulavu Women’s Development Organisation Ms S Chandraleela told TamilNet on Saturday that in addition to releasing their occupied lands, the SL military should be withdrawn from the roads used by their children from their village to school. The people on the struggle are concerned of retaliatory abductions from the SL military, which is engaged in surveillance against the protesting families. In the meantime, SL Air Force remove the paragraph of shoot-at-sight warning from the notice boards it had put inside the lands, a day after the threat was exposed by media with photographic evidence. Full story >>
Tamil school students across the North protested outside their schools on Monday morning in solidarity with the land return protestors at Pilavu and Puthukudiyirippu. The children called for the people of Pilavu’s lands to be returned so that their peers could return to school.
Relatives of the missing protested in Kilinochchi on Monday calling for information about the whereabouts of their loved ones.
A protest was held in Vavuniya last week run solidarity with the people of Mullaitivu, calling for the return of their lands.
Murdered journalist Sugirtharajan was remembered in Batticaloa following the 11th anniversary of his death on January 24th.
A video series and publication supporting those impacted by childhood sexual abuse (CSA) within the Tamil community was released by Toronto-based non-profit organization Abuse Never Becomes Us (A.N.B.U.). The publication showcases the lived experiences of five individuals that were impacted by CSA.
Tamil business owners in Kilinochchi held a protest on Thursday in solidarity with the people of Pilavu that are protesting for the return of their lands.
UK, Australia, have responsibility in halting Mullaiththeevu structural genocide[Sat, 18 Feb 2017, 01:52 GMT]
Britain and Australia that have sent high-level policy planners to ‘assess’ Keappaa-pulavu in the company of occupying Sinhala military of genocidal Sri Lanka in January 2013, should also take the responsibility in halting the structural genocide of the nation of Eezham Tamils there. Those who ‘advise’ Tamils not to use the word ‘genocide’ but to rally behind ‘development’, and those who equate the on-going Sinhalicisation to the presence of Tamils in the southern parts, should note that despite long presence of Eezham Tamils in the South or 200 years of up-country Tamils brought by the British, no village has officially become a Tamil village in the South. But just in two years time a Tamil village in the North and East could officially become a Sinhala village in nomenclature, administrative records, demography and political power, commented Tamil activists for alternative politics. Full story >>
Kokku’laay Tamils face multi-pronged structural genocide abetted by external assistance[Wed, 15 Feb 2017, 19:00 GMT]
The North East Reawakening Programme (NERP), which is fully controlled by Colombo’s ministry of so-called Economic Development, is discriminating Tamils in Mullaiththeevu district by diverting disproportionately larger ‘development’ assistance coming from the Asian World Bank and the World Bank to Ma’nalaa’ru (Sinhalicised to Weli-Oya) division, a Sinhala-Only division carved out from the district of Eezham Tamils, Northern Provincial Councillor Thurariasa Ravikaran said. Not only the NERP, certain ministries of the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) is also being pressurized to channel more resources into Weli-Oya, commented Tamil civil sources in Karaithu’raip-pattu division. Eezham Tamils from Kokkuth-thoduvaay, Kokku’laay, Karunaadduk-kea’ni and Mukaththuvaaram are seriously affected by the structural genocide and the threat of structural violence coming from Weli-Oya. Full story >>
Displaced Muslim women from Puththa’lam express solidarity with Keappa-pulavu families[Mon, 13 Feb 2017, 19:26 GMT]