Mullivaikkal commemoration permitted under strict guidelines

By Vyshnavy Velrajh

The Mullaitivu Court has permitted the commemoration of those who were killed in Mullivaikkal in the Mullaitivu District during the last phase of the civil war in Sri Lanka.

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian Selvam Adaikalanathan told Colombo Gazette that earlier several Police stations in the Mullaitivu District had obtained a court order preventing the commemoration.

He said, however, the Court issued a new order today permitting the commemoration of those killed in Mullivaikkal, to be held tomorrow (18).

MP Adaikalanathan said people have been permitted to only light lamps at the Mullivaikkal war memorial, adding that they will have to strictly adhere to the guidelines issued on COVID-19 when visiting the monument.

The TNA MP further said that the public will not be allowed to organize any other commemoration events and it is anticipated that not many people will visit the Mullivaikkal war memorial due to the prevalent coronavirus situation in the country.

MP Selvam Adaikalanathan added that almost all the Tamil Parliamentarians will not be participating in any commemoration activities as they will be in Parliament tomorrow. 

The court order comes at a time when the Mullivaikkal war memorial had been destroyed by unidentified individuals last Thursday (13).

Tamil politicians in the North claimed that in May 2009 hundreds of Tamils were killed in a tiny strip of land in Mullivaikkal, Mullaitivu.

The memorial was later constructed in commemoration of the “Mullivaikkal massacre” and every year on 18th May families and Tamil politicians gather at the site to remember the dead. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. Not hundreds of people were killed but several thousands of people were slaughtered in May 2009 in Mullivaikkaal. It is a shame that Tamil people has to go through an court order to commemorate the death of their loved ones in Sri Lanka.

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