Mullivaikkal Memorial at Jaffna University
By Contested Histories Admin •
On the night of January 9, 2021, students protested outside of Jaffna University against the university’s decision to destroy a memorial commemorating the Tamil victims of the three-decade-long civil war. The war ended in 2009 at Mullivaikkal, a small village in the northeast coast, and the memorial was erected ten years later by university students. A few days later, on January 12, Sri Lanka’s government said it would rebuild the monument. This case explores the politics of reconciliation and remembrance in post-conflict societies.