The University Teachers for Human Rights -Jaffna - UTHR(J)

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The University Teachers for Human Rights (Jaffna) (UTHR(J)) was formed in 1988 at the University of Jaffna, as part of the national organisation University Teachers for Human Rights. Its public activities as a constituent part of university life came to a standstill following the murder of Dr. Rajani Thiranagama,  a key founding member, on 21st September 1989. During the course of 1990 the others who identified  openly with the UTHR(J) were forced  to leave Jaffna. It continues to function as an organisation upholding the founding spirit of the UTHR(J) with it original aims:To challenge the external and internal terror engulfing the Tamil community as a whole through making the perpetrators accountable, and to create space for humanising the social & political spheres relating to the life of our community. The UTHR(J) is not at present functioning in the University of Jaffna in the manner it did in its early life for reasons well understood. The work of UTHR(J) receives support from the European Human Rights Foundation among others.

- Dr. Jeevan Hoole

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