Protest - Articles

February 25, 2001
Place: Batticaloa

Source: TamilNet
Poster taunts SLA for massacre apology
A poster showing a Sri Lanka army soldier shedding tears over a heap of skulls with the caption "the army repents the Batticaloa massacres for the first time" appeared Sunday morning in the heart of Batticaloa town's high security zone. The anonymous poster refers to a fumbled public apology last month by the Sri Lankan army in the eastern town for some of the mass murders it had committed in this district in which hundreds of innocent civilians, including pregnant women and children, were hacked and shot to death by soldiers. [ Full Story ]
February 20, 2001
Place: Batticaloa

Source: TamilNet
Eastern Tamil protestors demand self-determination
Eastern University Community, concluding 'Pongu Thamil' (Tamil Upsurge) programme on Tuesday declared that a solution to the island's ethnic conflict should recognise the Tamil people's right to self-determination, their traditional homeland and their distinct national identity. Until then the Tamil people would continue their agitation vigorously. More than three thousand students, staff and people took part in the event at the Eastern University in Batticaloa. [ Full Story ]
January 10, 2001
Place: Vavuniya

Source: TamilNet
Vavuniya students protest against abduction
Students of National College of Education at Poonthoddam in Vavuniya demonstrated in the northern town Wednesday, protesting against the abduction of one of their colleagues by gunmen suspected to be from a militia working with the Sri Lankan army around 9 p.m.Tuesday. Somasundaram Mukunthan, a third-year student of the college, was abducted from his home at Pandaariakulam, a suburb of Vavuniya town, by gunmen men who had come in an auto-rikshaw, student sources said. [ Full Story ]
December 10, 2000
Place: Batticaloa

Source: TamilNet
Hospital employees to stage demonstration
Doctors, nurses and other employees of Batticaloa General Hospital have planned to stage a protest march in Batticaloa town tomorrow morning demanding that Security Forces engaged in battle in the North and East should not use civilians as human shields and that no armed personnel should travel in vehicles carrying civilian passengers, hospital sources said. [ Full Story ]
November 22, 2000
Place: Jaffna

Source: TamilNet
Jaffna University students stage protest march
Hundreds University students Wednesday morning marched through the roads of Jaffna town and burnt photographs of President Chandrika Kumaratunge and Minister of North-eastern Rehabilitation, and leader of the EPDP, Douglas Devananda. The students were protesting against the murder of journalist M.Nimalarajan and the brutal massacre of 31 detainees at a detention centre at Bindunuwewa in Bandarawela last month. [ Full Story ]
November 3, 2000
Place: Kaluwankerny

Source: TamilNet
Demonstrators protest in Kaluwankerny
About 500 villagers demonstrated in Kaluwankerny, about 20 km. north of Batticaloa, protesting against the massacre of Tamil detainees at Bandarawela detention centre last week and the slaying of Jaffna based journalist Nimalarajan. [ Full Story ]
October 9, 2000
Place: Batticaloa

Source: TamilNet
Protest shuts down Batticaloa
Shops, schools and government offices were closed and streets were almost deserted in Batticaloa town Monday in response to a call by a student organisation protesting against the activities of anti-Tamil forces and opportunists. [ Full Story ]
Sept. 14, 2000
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: CNN
Human rights group condemns election violence, censorship in Sri Lanka
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- A London-based human rights group on Wednesday condemned the escalation of election-related violence in Sri Lanka and asked the government to lift restrictions on the news media before next month's parliamentary polls. [ Full Story ]
July 7, 2000
Place: Tamil Eelam

Source: BBC
Sri Lankan teachers on strike
More than 20,000 Tamil and Muslim teachers in the north and east of Sri Lanka have gone on a one-day strike. [ Full Story ]
July 7, 2000
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: TamilNet
CTTU members strike
Schools in the northeast province did not function Friday as Tamil medium principals and teachers in the northeast province went on a one-day strike. Students did not attend schools responding to an appeal made by the Ceylon Tamil Teachers' Union (CTTU). The protest was supported by Ceylon Muslim Teachers Union and Muslim Teachers Congress. [ Full Story ]
July 6, 2000
Place: Batticaloa

Source: TamilNet
MP reads out raped woman's letter
Speaking on the extension of the emergency in Parliament Thursday, Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) MP for Batticaloa Mr. Joseph Pararajasingham read out a letter written to the Sri Lanka's National Human Rights Commission by a seventy year old woman of Neervely in Jaffna who was raped and robbed by Sri Lankan army personnel on May 31. [ Full Story ]
June 21, 2000
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: Times of India
Sinhalese resettlement irks Tamils
TRINCOMALLEE: Sociologists call it demographic racial equalisation; the Tamils refer to it as `state aided systemised colonisation.' The process of settling Sinhalese families in large, vacant tracts of land in the eastern provinces, which began soon after Sri Lanka obtained Independence, has changed the demographic nature of what were thought to be Tamil strongholds. [ Full Story ]
May 27, 2000
Place: Jaffna

Source: TamilNet
Shelling thwarts civilian evacuation
The evacuation of an estimated 15,000 civilians from the embattled Chavakachcheri sector failed Saturday, as heavy shelling by the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) prevented them moving to designated points where UNHCR officials were waiting, following the declaration of a ceasefire by the Liberation Tigers, the LTTE said in a statement. [ Full Story ]
May 12, 2000
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: AI
Sri Lanka: Civilian life must be protected
As fighting in the northern Jaffna peninsula escalates, Amnesty International today appealed to the Sri Lankan armed forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to respect international humanitarian law. [ Full Story ]
April 18, 2000
Place: Jaffna

Source: UNHCR
OGATA VOICES CONCERN OVER FIGHTING IN SRI LANKA
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees today expressed alarm about the plight of civilians caught in the fighting in Sri Lanka’s Jaffna peninsula. [ Full Story ]
April 12, 2000
Place: Jaffna

Source: BBC
Sri Lankan protest over Jaffna displaced
A one-day strike called by human-rights groups has paralysed the northern Sri Lankan town of Jaffna. [ Full Story ]
April 12, 2000
Place: Jaffna

Source: TamilNet
'Hartal' protest in Jaffna
Shops, offices and businesses were closed in Jaffna this morning in response to the 'Hartal' called by an alliance of forty NGOs including religious organisations and the Jaffna University students' union. The Hartal is being observed today as part of the continuing protest in the peninsula over the civilians who are awaiting the Sri Lanka army's permission to leave their villages that are situated close to the Elephant Pass garrison in Jaffna's southern sector. [ Full Story ]
April 11, 2000
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: One World
UN Body Slams Govt' On Missing Persons Issue
COLOMBO, Apr 11 (IPS) - A UN Human Rights group has slammed the Sri Lankan government for slow and ineffective action against perpetrators of past disappearances and urged the creation of an independent body to probe persons missing in recent years. [ Full Story ]
April 5, 2000
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: WSWS
Tamil school student assaulted on Sri Lankan train by racist gang
Hundreds of Tamil students of the Colombo Hindu College boycotted classes on March 23 in protest against a physical attack in broad daylight on a fellow student by a gang of racist thugs. After being restrained by school authorities, the students gave up plans for a street demonstration but decided to wear black armbands as a mark of protest. The incident, which is symptomatic of the atmosphere of Sinhala chauvinism being stirred up the Sri Lankan government and the media, also provoked angry reactions from parents and teachers. [ Full Story ]
April 5, 2000
Place: Jaffna

Source: TamilNet
Civilians being used as human shield -LTTE
The Liberation Tigers said in a press release today that the Sri Lanka Army was holding thousands of civilians as human shields in the northern battle zones. The LTTE said that the ICRC and the UNHCR delegations in Jaffna were failing in their duty protect civilians. [ Full Story ]
February 25, 2000
Place: Batticaloa

Source: TamilNet
Eastern University students protest pass
Hundreds of students from the Eastern University picketed in Vantharumoolai for nearly an hour from 10.30 a.m. today, condemning the Government's proposed travel pass system for the Batticaloa District. [ Full Story ]
February 6, 2000
Place: Jaffna

Source: Sunday Times
Jaffna fishermen protest
Jaffna fishermen will stage a protest march tomorrow demanding that the ban on fishing in the Jaffna lagoon be lifted. [ Full Story ]
February 0, 2000
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: Hot Spring
The tragic plight of Tamil detainees
More than two thousand Tamils are being detained in Sri Lanka today,most of them in jails and some of them locked up in police stations; for no chargeable offence, except that in the eyes of a cruel law - the Prevention of Terrorism Act - they being Tamils they are suspect of being either “terrorists” or supporters of “terrorism” by Sri Lankan definition. The detainees include men, women and even children, and the old and the sick. The ages vary from five years to seventy one. [ Full Story ]
January 19, 2000
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: TamilNet
Teachers urge action on Tamil text books
The Ceylon Tamil Teachers Union (CTTU) has requested the Minister of Education and Higher Education to take stern disciplinary action against the Department of Educational Publications for failing to print and distribute text books to Tamil medium schools in the northern province in time. [ Full Story ]
January 0, 2000
Place: Sri lanka

Source: New Ind Express
Sri Lankan Tamils will face embargo, warns Vaiko
CHENNAI: MDMK general secretary Vaiko on Wednesday expressed fears that evacuation of the Sri Lankan army from Jaffna might lead to an imposition of economic embargo on the Tamils by the Sri Lankan Government. [ Full Story ]
December 31, 1999
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: WSWS
Six Sri Lankans held for 19 months without trial plan to go on hunger strike
Six young men from the plantation areas of Sri Lanka, who have been detained for nearly 19 months without trial, have said that they will stage a hunger strike along with two Tamil teachers from January 1 to demand their release. The hunger strike is to publicise their case, which last came before the court on September 27, only to be postponed until next April 26. [ Full Story ]
December 10, 1999
Place: Batticaloa

Source: TamilNet
Demonstrations mark Human Rights day
A large number of people took participated in a demonstration march and a public meeting held at Vantharumoolai in the government controlled part of the Batticaloa district this morning to mark the Human Rights Day. [ Full Story ]
November 22, 1999
Place: Jaffna

Source: TamilNet
Relatives of missing to go on hunger strike
The parents and relatives of the hundreds Jaffna civilians who were reported 'missing' after being arrested by the SLA have decided to go on hunger strike from 5 December, human rights sources in the northern town said. [ Full Story ]
Sept. 5, 1999
Place: Palaly

Source: TamilNet
Demonstration against acquisition of Palaly
The New Left Front (NLF) staged a demonstration close to the Wellawatte market in Colombo this morning demanding that the government withdraw the gazette notification to acquire several hundred acres of lands belonging to Tamil civilians in the Palaly area of the Jaffna peninsula. [ Full Story ]
July 30, 1999
Place: Colombo

Source: TamilNet
Colombo students demonstrate
Tamil, Muslim and Sinhala students of the Art faculty of Colombo University have been jointly staging a demonstration in front of their faculty today, demanding the Sri Lankan government take steps to hold GCE examinations in the Vanni, when schools elsewhere sit for papers. [ Full Story ]
July 30, 1999
Place: Vavuniya

Source: TamilNet
Vavuniya students protest
The senior students of five schools in Vavuniya town area staged a demonstration today, demanding the opening of an access route to the Vanni and the conduction of the Advanced Level examinations in the region, just as in other areas of Sri Lanka. [ Full Story ]
July 29, 1999
Place: Vavuniya

Source: TamilNet
Teachers and students protest in Vavuniya
Several teaching uniouns picketed outside the Education Zonal offices in Vavuniya today demanding full payment of risk allowance and the balance of salary arrears for shool principals. [ Full Story ]
July 29, 1999
Place: Vanni

Source: TamilNet
'SLA used civilians as human shield'
The Liberation Tigers in a statement issued today said that they had thwarted an attempt yesterday by the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) to advance using civilians as a human shield through the SLA forward defence lines at Moondumurippu-Nattaangkandal. [ Full Story ]
July 23, 1999
Place: Vanni

Source: TamilNet
Mass protest in Vanni -GA
At least eight seriously ill people in the Vanni have died as they had been unable to travel to hospitals in the south, due to the closure of the access route to the region, according to K.Ganesh, the Government Agent in Vavuniya. At least three thousand travellers who had come to Mannar and Vavuniya for various purposes and stranded are undergoing severe hardship without money and spare clothes to wear, the GA said. [ Full Story ]
July 23, 1999
Place: North-East

Source: TamilNet
Teachers fury over discrimination
The Governor of the North East Province (NEPC), Major General (retd) Asoka Jayawardana, today prevented provincial officials from banking a treasury cheque for 150 million rupees, when several teacher-trade unions protested to decision of Education Ministry to first pay risk allowance and arrears in full to Sinhala teachers in the Amparai area and then share the remainder amongst Tamil and Muslim teachers in other districts, NEPC sources said. [ Full Story ]
July 19, 1999
Place: Vanni

Source: TamilNet
Protests in Vanni over supplies
The offices of international relief agencies in Mallavi in the Vanni are being picketed by people protesting against the closure of relief supplies into the region, reported the Voice of Tigers (VoT) radio in its night bulletin today. The offices of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and CARE are amongst those being picketed, said the radio. [ Full Story ]
June 15, 1999
Place: "Tamil passengers on the Kalmunai-Colombo trunk road, are

Source: TamilNet
Tamils protest over "humiliation"
"Tamil passengers on the Kalmunai-Colombo trunk road, are being separated from others at three check points and asked to give their names and addresses to security forces stationed there. This is a humiliating for the Tamil people. This should be stopped forthwith," states a memorandum submitted to the Kalmunai Unit of the government funded Human Rights Commission (HRC) of Sri Lanka by the passengers. [ Full Story ]
June 5, 1999
Place: Batticaloa

Source: TamilNet
4000 demonstrate in Batticaloa
Over 4000 school children demonstrated Saturday in Paduvankarai, the western hinterland of the Batticaloa district, demanding that the Sri Lankan Government, among other things, stop the war and lift the economic embargo on this region. [ Full Story ]
June 5, 1999
Place: Hill Country

Source: TamilNet
Students protest over shortage of teachers
Students of the College of Education at Patana in the hill country, who are protesting against the school´s management for dismissing 8 of their colleagues, have been ordered to vacate the college hostel by tomorrow morning by the Senior Superintendent of Police in Nuwara Eliya, sources said. [ Full Story ]
April 30, 1999
Place: Batticaloa

Source: TamilNet
Protest fast in Batticaloa
Hundreds of civilians took part in a fast at St.Sebastian Church in the eastern district of Batticaloa today, protesting at the presence of the Sri Lanka Army in the premises of Madhu church. [ Full Story ]
December 29, 1998
Place: Vanni

Source: TamilNet
Citizen's committee condemns attacks on civilian
The Citizens Committee in the Vanni has urged the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to take steps to prevent Sri Lankan Army (SLA) attacks on innocent civilians. [ Full Story ]
December 13, 1998
Place: -

Source: TamilNet
Mannar marks human rights day
The Committee for Justice, Peace and Human Rights of the Mannar diocese organised a procession on December 10, to mark International Human Rights Day. The procession headed by Rev. Emilianuspillai began at St. Sebastian church in Mannar. [ Full Story ]
December 11, 1998
Place: New York

Source: TamilNet
Tamils join HR vigil at UN
The Association of Sri Lankan Tamils joined more than 45 international organizations in a rally and candlelight vigil in front of UN headquarters in New York yesterday afternoon to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Universal declaration of Human Rights at the United Nations. [ Full Story ]
December 10, 1998
Place: Vanni

Source: TamilNet
UNHCR urged to take action
The Consortium of Non Governmental Organisation (NGOs) in Puthukudiyeryppu, in the Mullaithivu district has sent a memorandum to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). [ Full Story ]
December 10, 1998
Place: Batticaloa

Source: TamilNet
Batticaloa women protest
Several women's groups in Batticaloa staged a token sit-in today in Batticaloa town to mark human rights day. About 150 women took part in the sit in demonstration in the town centre. The sit in was organised by eighteen women's groups that are active in the region. [ Full Story ]
November 28, 1998
Place: Sri lanka

Source: TamilNet
Prisoners demand to be charged or released
Six Tamil political prisoners began a protest fast last night, on the roof of the Kaluatara prison. They are demanding that the government should either initiate legal proceedings against them or release them forthwith. [ Full Story ]
November 17, 1998
Place: Colombo

Source: TamilNet
NGOs protest against new legislation
More than 500 members of NGOs are to stage protest marches today against proposals to enact laws that allow the Social Services Ministry to interfere with the internal operational matters of NGOs and to have the power to dissolve the NGOs, said sources in Colombo. [ Full Story ]
November 12, 1998
Place: Jaffna

Source: TamilNet
Students demand protection
Jaffna university students demonstrated in front of the Vice Chancellor's (VC) office today demanding that they be protected from troops roaming the area at night. The protest was prompted by an incident last night near the university. [ Full Story ]
November 6, 1998
Place: Vanni

Source: TamilNet
Relief supply cuts provoke demonstrations
Thousands of displaced people demonstrated in Puthukudiyeruppu, Mullaitivu district, today, against the Sri Lankan Government's cut on relief supplies, said sources. [ Full Story ]
October 31, 1998
Place: Jaffna

Source: TamilNet
Protest marches in Jaffna
The Consortium of Non Governmental Organisation in Jaffna and Missing Persons Guardian Association (MPGA) organised a march in Jaffna yesterday. The procession started at the office of NGO consortium in Rasavinthoddam and ended in front of the office of National Human Rights Commission (HRC) at Somasundaram Avenue. [ Full Story ]
October 7, 1998
Place: Tamil Nadu

Source: TamilNet
Massive protests in Tamil Nadu
Over 2000 demonstrators were arrested this morning by Police in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, during widespread demonstrations protesting against the killings by Sri Lankan troops of over 400 Tamils whose bodies are said to have been buried in mass graves in Chemmani on the Jaffna peninsula. [ Full Story ]
Sept. 25, 1998
Place: Jaffna

Source: TamilNet
Demonstration over Jaffna mass graves
More than five hundred people took part in the march and sit in today to protest against the government's apathy towards the Chemmani graves and missing persons in Jaffna organised by the Jaffna NGO consortium, Mothers Front, the Missing Persons' Guardian Association (MPGA) and a large number of public interest groups. [ Full Story ]
August 24, 1998
Place: Vanni

Source: TamilNet
UNESCO expresses concern
UNESCO expressed its concern over reports that food distribution to Vanni by the Sri Lankan government (SLG) has been deliberately reduced. The organisation also urged the SLG to provide unhindered humanitarian assistance to the people of Vanni. [ Full Story ]
August 20, 1998
Place: Vanni

Source: TamilNet
Food is 'weapon of war' - UNP
Ranil Wickramasinghe, Leader of the Sri Lankan Parliamentary Opposition and the United National Party (UNP) said that the Sri Lanka Government (SLG) was using food as weapon on civilians living in areas controlled by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), according to Parliamentary sources. [ Full Story ]
August 17, 1998
Place: Jaffna

Source: TamilNet
Parents of Disappeared Demand Investigation
The body 'Parents of Disappeared Persons' has collected 10,000 signatures backing its petition to the Sri Lanka Government (SLG) demanding that the alleged mass graves at Chemmani be excavated, said sources in Jaffna. [ Full Story ]
August 12, 1998
Place: Jaffna

Source: TamilNet
Unemployed graduates Protest
Around 200 members of the Jaffna District Graduates Union held a token fast within the Kachcheri premises from 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Monday, protesting that they be given suitable employment, said sources in Jaffna. [ Full Story ]
July 23, 1998
Place: Toronto, Canada

Source: TamilNet
Toronto Tamils mark 'Black July'
The world Tamil Movement (WTM) of Canada held an exhibition and rally Saturday evening in Scarborough, Toronto to mark 'Black July', the anti Tamil pogrom of 1983 in Sri Lanka. TamilNet's Toronto correspondent said that more than four thousand people attended the event. [ Full Story ]
July 21, 1998
Place: Mannar

Source: LTTE press release
Thousands march to UNHCR to appeal to International community
Thousands of displaced Tamils on Monday marched to the UNHCR offices in Mannar to handover appeals and petitions for transmission to United Nations, heads of international governments and diplomatic offices located in Colombo. The petitions appealed to the international community to pressure the Sri Lankan government to restore their refugee relief supplies. The marchers denounced the Sinhalese government for cutting refugee relief to Tamils. [ Full Story ]
July 21, 1998
Place: Batticaloa

Source: TamilNet, July 24, 1998
Refugees complain to President
Two thousand seven hundred and four refugees living in Thirukkovil, 60 km south of Batticaloa, faxed the Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga on July 21, complaining that they had not been issued dry rations for May and June this year, said sources in Batticaloa. [ Full Story ]
July 4, 1998
Place: Trincomalee

Source: TamilNet
Protests over planned evictions
ver 500 persons staged a peaceful sit down protest (Satyagraha) before the Trincomalee Divisional Secretariat on Friday, protesting against the notice issued by the Sri Lanka Government that it intended to acquire the land on which their homes had stood for 30years, said sources in Trincomalee. [ Full Story ]
June 27, 1998
Place: Mallavi

Source: LTTE press release
Mass protest march in Mallavi
Thousands of Tamils marched in Mallavi yesterday condemning persistent Sinhala military attack on civilians and civilian habitations. Placards asking the Sinhala President to stop targeting civilians were carried by the marchers while some directly accused International Institutions of aiding the genocide on Tamils by providing generous loans to the Sri Lankan government. Two petitions, one addressed to the ICRC's residential representative and to the UN Secretary-General were handed over at the end of the protest march. [ Full Story ]
June 15, 1998
Place: Vanni

Source: LTTE press release
Mass demonstration held in Vanni
Today thousands of Tamil men, women and children participated in a demonstration held in Vanni in protest of Sri Lankan armed forces killing of innocent Tamil civilians. The protest began at 10.30 a.m. in Vallipuram and reached Suthanthirapuram grounds at 1.30 p.m. The recent sinhala army massacre on Suthanthirapuram, Udyarkaddu and Vallipuram in which over 25 persons including women and children were killed and over 50 seriously injured was strongly condemned by the protesters. [ Full Story ]
May 31, 1998
Place: Jaffna

Source: TamilNet, May 31, 1998
NGO condemns military pressure
The Organisation for Social and Economic Development, a non governmental organinsation (NGO) working in the Vadamaradchi region of the Jaffna peninsula, issued a statement yesterday condemning the Sri Lankan Army's (SLA) frequent house-to-house searches conducted during the night. [ Full Story ]
May 22, 1998
Place: Trincomalee

Source: TamilNet, May 22, 1998
Refugees protest against detention
142 Tamil refugees being held at the Glass factory detention centre in Trincomalee staged a token protest this morning urging the authorities to send them back to their homes in the Jaffna peninsula said sources in the eastern town. [ Full Story ]
May 10, 1998
Place: Mannar

Source: TamilNet
NGOs tell UN envoy that govt is delebrately blocking its works
NGOs in Madhu last Wednesday told visiting UN special envoy Olara Otunnu that the Sri Lankan military was deliberately obstructing their assistance programmes, resulting in widespread malnutrition and slow deaths among people. [ Full Story ]
May 1, 1998
Place: Vanni

Source: TamilNet
Thousands attend May day rallies n Vanni
Several thousands of Tamils today attended the international May day celebrations in LTTE-run areas of Akkarayan, Visvamadu, Puthukudiyiruppu and Mullaitivu (in Vanni). [ Full Story ]
April 23, 1998
Place: Trincomalee

Source: TamilNet, April 23, 1998
Villagers protest over forcible eviction
Between 500 and 1000 persons, forcibly evicted by the Sri Lankan army from Upparu, 15 km south of Trincomalee, staged a token fast at the nearby village of Aalenkerni today, between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. with the support of the Eelam Peoples' Democratic Party (EPDP), according to sources. [ Full Story ]
April 15, 1998
Place: Mallavi

Source: TamilNet
Tamils burn effigies of Chandrika and General Ratwatta
Thousands of Tamils Monday joined in a mass rally in Mallavi (Vanni, Tamil Eelam) to protest at Sinhalese government's repression of Tamils. [ Full Story ]
April 3, 1998
Place: Mallavi

Source: VOT
Mallavi residents stage protest rally
A large number of students, teachers and parents stages a rally in Mallavi today, according to the night news broadcast of the Voice of Tigers (VoT), to protest against the indiscriminate attacks by the SLAF on schools students and teachers. [ Full Story ]
April 2, 1998
Place: Vanni

Source: TamilNet
Mass protest in Vanni against SL bombing of Tamil homes
Tamils in Vanni staged a large demonstration today protesting against the bombing of their homes by the Sri Lankan military. The protest took place at 10 AM. [ Full Story ]
April 0, 1998
Place: Jaffna

Source: TamilNet, April 30, 1998
JSDO condemns fraternisation with SLA
The Jaffna District Students Organisation (JDSO) in a statement dated May 1, 1998 has exhorted the students of Jaffna, especially the girls, to preserve their dignity and not co- operate with the Sri Lanka Army (SLA), said sources in Jaffna. [ Full Story ]
March 27, 1998
Place: Vavuniya

Source: TamilNet, March 27, 1998
Protest over transit delays
A group of civilians staged a protest fast in front of the Vavuniya Kachcheri this morning from 8 a.m. demanding that the authorities should take steps to immediately send them back to Jaffna. [ Full Story ]
March 25, 1998
Place: Colombo

Source: TamilNet, March 25, 1998
Tamil parties protest over arrests
The Tamil United Liberation Front and the All Ceylon Hindu Congress lodged vehement protests with the Sri Lankan government today over the arrest and detention of the Captain Gardens Hindu temple chief priest's daughter and her three children. [ Full Story ]
March 12, 1998
Place: Batticaloa

Source: TamilNet, March 12, 1998
Protests against vehicle ban
A meeting of the Batticaloa Traders' Association at Lake View Inn in Batticaloa town, drafted a memorandum to be sent to the Government Agent Batticaloa, and the Batticaloa District Civil Co-ordinating Officer of the Sri Lanka Army (SLA), protesting against the regulations stopping vehicular traffic from Batticaloa to other parts of the Island at Mannampiddi on the Batticaloa - Polonnaruwa District border, said sources in Batticaloa. [ Full Story ]
February 10, 1998
Place: Batticaloa

Source: TamilNet, February 10, 1998
Pararajasingham protests over new abductions
Mr. Joseph Pararajasingham TULF MP for Batticaloa district protested against the abduction of Tamil youth in Batticaloa by unidentified members of the Sri Lankan security forces and Tamil paramilitary groups in a fax to the Deputy Minister for Defence Mr. Anuruddha Ratwatte. [ Full Story ]
February 4, 1998
Place: Ottawa, Canada

Source: SAMS
Canadian Tamils mourn 50 years of Sri Lankan "Oppression"
More than 1500 Tamil Canadians peacefully demonstrated in front of the Sri Lankan High Commission in Ottawa today to protest the treatment of Tamils as Sri Lanka celebrates its 50 years of independence from the Great Britain. The marchers condemned the atrocities committed by the Sri Lankan government forces. "Canadian Tamils mourn while Sri Lanka celebrates… Half a century of independence has failed to secure the advancement of Tamils and the government shows no reluctance in bombing and shelling of populated Tamil areas and cultural and religious monuments" stated the press release of Human Rights Forum which organized the rally. [ Full Story ]
December 10, 1997
Place: Batticaloa

Source: TamilNet, December 10, 1997
Nervous human rights rally in Batticaloa
A rally to mark World Human Rights day was held in Vanthaarumoolai in Batticaloa today. More than a thousand people took part. [ Full Story ]
December 0, 1997
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: Human Rights Solidarity
Disappearances in the North follow the pattern set earlier in the South...
The 'disappearnce' of Tamils in the North followed the pattern set by previous Sri Lanka government in suppressing the rebellion in the South. The Asian Human Rights Commission commented in December 1997 that though 16,742 cases of disaapearances in the South had been established, the present Government had taken no action yet. [ Full Story ]
November 28, 1997
Place: Welikade prison

Source: TamilNet
Protest fast in Welikade prison
Eight Tamil prisoners detained in Colombo's Welikade prison are staging a protest fast, demanding that they are charged and their cases be heard soon. The Tamils claim that their prolonged detention without trial is unfair. [ Full Story ]
November 27, 1997
Place: Welikada prison

Source: Collection
220 Tamil prisoners protest detention without trial
"Over 220 Tamil prisoners suffering prolonged detention at Colombo’s Magazine prison launched a protest fast unto death on 27 November demanding “trial or immediate release”. Two days later they were transferred to Kalutara prison as parents and relatives wailed outside. [ Full Story ]
November 18, 1997
Place: Jaffna

Source: TamilNet
Appeal to ICRC over disappeared
The organisation for the arrested and the disappeared in Jaffna will hand over a petition today to the Sri Lanka desk head of the International Committee for the Red Cross who is currently on a duty tour in Sri Lankan. [ Full Story ]
November 14, 1997
Place: Jaffna

Source: Local Media
protest fast in Jaffna
A protest fast by the organisation for the arrested and the missing in Jaffna was successfully concluded this evening in the Perumal Kovil grounds. The satyagraha was addressed by Somasundara Paramacharya Swamikal - a Hindu priest. About five hundred people attended the protest fast. [ Full Story ]
Sept. 26, 1997
Place: Ottawa, Canada

Source: TamilNet
Canadian Tamils protest outside Parliament
Over 850 Canadian Tamils staged a symbolic fast in Ottawa on Friday, protesting against the planned deportation of Tamil community activist Mr. Manickavasagam Suresh. The demonstrators stood outside the Canadian Parliament, holding placards denouncing the planned deportation. The protest was organized by the Federation of Associations of Canadian Tamils (FACT). [ Full Story ]
Sept. 22, 1997
Place: Jaffna

Source: TamilNet
500 Jaffna Tamil women stage sympolic fast
The Women's Union of Jaffna - formed to trace the whereabouts of 750 Tamil civilians who disappeared after military arrest - have expressed grief and dismay that the Sri Lankan government does not intend carrying out legal proceedings against military offenders. [ Full Story ]
August 10, 1997
Place: Puthukkudiyiruppu

Source: TamilNet
Tamil students protest over attacks
The Tamil Students Union of the Puthukkudiyiruppu education division (Mullaitivu district) has written to the Sri Lankan President on the 10th of August 1997, protesting over the systematic shelling of their exam halls and the general disruption to their education. To date, no response has been forthcoming and it seems unlikely that the students will be able to obtain any qualifications this year. [ Full Story ]
July 15, 1997
Place: Vanni

Source:
Mass protest in vanni: 75,000 Tamils hand letter to UN secretary genaral
Akkarayan (Kilinochchi) is seeing the latest eruption of mass anti-government demonstrations protesting against the Sinhala-dominated government's food-siege of Tamil Vanni. [ Full Story ]
July 5, 1997
Place: Puthukudiyiruppu

Source: TamilNet
Human chain protest again state terror
A massive human chain demonstration condemning the "state terrorism" of the Government of Sri Lankan took place yesterday across the Tamil town of Puthukudiyiruppu. [ Full Story ]
July 4, 1997
Place: Puthukudiyiruppu

Source: TamilCanadian
Human Chain Protest Against "State Terror"
A massive human chain demonstration condemning the "state terrorism" of the Government of Sri Lankan took place today across the Tamil town of Puthukudiyiruppu. The hungry, homeless, bedraggled Tamil people of the Vanni flocked together in huge numbers and held hands forming a chain that spanned several miles. They chanted slogans decrying a government which they accused of crippling them deliberately. [ Full Story ]
July 1, 1997
Place: Mannar

Source: TamilNet
Mass protest in Mannar - UNHCR will be handed pettition
Screened from the eyes of the world, thousands of desperate Tamils have gathered in Mannar to march against Sri Lanka's long-running food and medicine siege of Vanni, and what they perceive as a "war of extermination" against the Tamil people. Slogans and banners decry the repressive measures enforced by the Sinhala army in army-occupied areas, the regularity of rapes of Tamil women by Sinhala armed forces and the ruthless army tactics being employed to capture Tamil territory - i.e., crop burning, deliberate refugee generation and economic strangulation. The Confederation of Civilian Organisations and Union of NGOs organised the protest, which will end by a petition being handed through the UNHCR to the Sri Lankan president, who is directly responsible for this state of affairs. [ Full Story ]
June 6, 1997
Place: Vanni

Source: TamilNet
'Students day' marked by condemnation of Sri Lanka
Tamil Eelam's entire student population today roundly condemned Sri Lanka's "War for Peace" and hostile occupation of their homeland. A detailed statement issued by the Confederation of Tamil Students - on what is this year's 'Students' Day' - says Tamil students' lives have been disrupted beyond imagination by the Sinhala forces occupying parts of the northeast. [ Full Story ]
June 1, 1997
Place: Mallavi

Source: TamilCanadian
Demonstrators Demand Food And Medicine - Mallavi
Many thousands of men, women and hungry children marched to the ICRC's Mallavi office to hand over an urgent memorandum calling for a halt to the government's food and medicine siege of Vanni. The memorandum says the embargo is driven by racism against Tamils and intended to starve people into submission. Even "Kanchi" - water from boiled rice, added with salt - is not available in welfare centres anymore, the statement says. Whether president Kumaratunga will heed the desperate pleas of the starving Tamil population she is claiming to "liberate" remains to be seen. The twelve food lorries promised by the government - even if they materialise - will be ridiculously inadequate. A minimum of 50 food lorries a day is required to cater to the basic survival needs of Tamils in Vanni. [ Full Story ]
April 20, 1997
Place: Rukam

Source: Amnesty
Amnesty Urgent Action Appeal on continuing "disappearances"
"Kandiah Sivakumar, aged 20 Kanagasabai Ravichandran, aged 20
Kandiah Sivakumar and Kanagasabai Ravichandran, two firewood sellers from Rukam village, have been reported 'disappeared' after they were taken into custody by the army near the Black Bridge, Chenkalady, Batticaloa district on 20 April 1997. [ Full Story ]
January 8, 1997
Place: Vanni

Source: News from Tamil Eelam
'March for medicine' - protest rally in Vanni
Sri Lankan soldiers shot dead at least two Tamil civilians during its recently concluded 'Rivijaya' military operation. Victim S. Muthulingam was a 14 year old while Thambirasa Kanthasamy was 32, both from Kithul. Family man Sabapathy Mylvaganam meanwhile disappeared during the operation and is believed by his family to have been murdered by Sinhala armed forces. Operation Rivijaya took place in Batticaloa and, like all other Sri Lankan military operations, showed no regard for the lives and property of the Tamil people. 16 Tamil houses were demolished and 100 Tamil families are reported displaced. Further civilian casualties are coming to light and will be documented when details are known. [ Full Story ]
January 8, 1997
Place: Vanni

Source: TamilCanadian
"March For Medicine" - Huge Vanni Protests
Many thousands of Tamils across Vanni district have handed over petitions to OXFAM, MSF, CARE and ICRC after mass protests yesterday. The demonstrations, massively attended in Mankulam, Mallavi, Thunnukai, Pandiankulam and other neighbouring areas, was the Tamil people's way of condemning Sri Lanka's food and medicine ban to their areas. Sri Lanka at present has in place a strict block on essential medical items which stops Tamils obtaining even the pain-killer Panadol. Many leading members of the Vanni community at the demo condemned Sri Lanka's policy saying it used medicine as a weapon of war to cripple the Tamil people not living under its own areas of occupation. Yesterday's protest saw school-children, teachers, businessmen, doctors and even some hospital patients take to the streets and issue an appeal to the president, opposition leader and health minister to withdraw their inhuman policy against the Tamil people. [ Full Story ]
0, 1996
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: U.S. Department
More than 300 disappeared in 6 months - U.S. Department
"Disappearance at the hands of the security forces increased alarmingly, especially in the east and north, though some occurred in Colombo. In excess of 300 individuals are believed to have disappeared on the Jaffna Peninsula in the second half of the year, and more than 50 elsewhere in the country throughout the year. As with extrajudicial killings, the exact number was impossible to ascertain due to censorship of news about security force operations, and lack of access to the north and east..." (U.S. Department of State, Sri Lanka Country Report on Human Rights Practices for 1996) [ Full Story ]
November 0, 1995
Place: Tamil Eelam

Source: The Toronto Star
Sri Lanka bans international agencies from aiding Tamil refugees
"While Sri Lanka's army fights to crush Tamil rebels, it's battling on another front against foreign relief workers trying to care for 400,000 war refugees. The refugees, including hundreds of wounded civilians, are caught behind the civil war's front line. Western relief agencies accuse the military of blocking desperately needed aid. Tight restrictions are preventing the delivery of drugs, tents and blankets as well as equipment to build latrines, said frustrated aid officials, who spoke on condition they not be named. ... [ Full Story ]
August 6, 1995
Place: Jaffna

Source: Local Media
Jaffna Citizens Committee appeals to President Kumaratunga to end military terror
The Jaffna Citizens Committee appealed to President Kumaratunga to end the military terror. The following is full text of the letter dated 6 August 1995, sent to President Kumaratunga by the President of the Jaffna Citizens Committee, Professor K. Kunaratnam (Vice Chancellor of the Jaffna University) and the secretary Mr.R. Mahendran (Principal, Kokkuvil Hindu College): [ Full Story ]
August 6, 1995
Place: Jaffna

Source: Local Media
Jaffna University Teachers Association appeals
In a letter addressed to the Colombo diplomatic community, on 6 August 1995, the University of Jaffna Teachers Association accused the Government of Sri Lanka of committing genocide of the Tamils in the name of liberating the civilians. The letter signed by R. Sivachandran Vice President and Professor K. Kandasamy, Secretary, was sent to Ambassadors and High Commissioners representing foreign missions in Colombo. The letter said: [ Full Story ]
April 19, 1988
Place: Batticaloa

Source:
Annai Poopathy's fast for freedom
Into the history of great feats of courage and determination must go the struggle waged by a 56 year old mother of ten children and grandmother, Mrs Kanapathipillai Poopathy. Mother Poopathy, as this extraordinary woman has come to be affectionately known, went without food and fluids for thirty days before her death on 19th April 1988. [ Full Story ]
Sept. 16, 1987
Place: Neervelli

Source:
A skirmish between the public and the IPKF at Neervelli
There was a skirmish on the 16th of September between the public and the IPKF at Neervelli when a jeep carrying IPKF personnel had been carelessly driven at a picket line - and two women had been knocked down. The public gathered and surrounded the jeep and assaulted the IPKF officers. Three of them were tied up and thrown to the road. They were later released when a higher ranking officer intervened and gave an assurance that an inquiry would be held. On the same day, people who went to picket outside the old Dutch Fort military camp, had entered the recently opened Pannai Police Station in Jaffna, ransacked the whole place, and tore off the uniforms of the Police Officers. The police station was forcibly shut and the police officers took refuge in the Fort military camp I felt the tension mounting day by day. [ Full Story ]