Tamil Memorialization Under Threat
Security forces have perpetrated several incidents of harassment, threats, and perhaps even physical violence in relation to Tamil memorialization efforts over the last few weeks, particularly in connection with Maaveerar Naal, the Tamil National Remembrance Day observed on November 27, in the North-East of Sri Lanka. As in recent years, Tamils from across the North-East organized memorial events at the sites of LTTE cemeteries destroyed by the government of Sri Lanka. However, the government said it did not grant permission for the events to takeplace. PEARL verified at least two cases filed by police in an attempt to ban events in their entirety. Notably, the courts declined to issue a blanket ban on commemorations.
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