THE UNIVERSITY TEACHERS FOR HUMAN RIGHTS,
JAFFNA  (UTHR(Jaffna)) SRI LANKA
 

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.