Protest by relatives of missing persons on international human rights day Protest by relatives of missing persons on international human rights day
Dec 12, 2018

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Activists of the north and the east are worried by the non-intervention by the international community to ensure justice on behalf of the missing persons despite the death of 17 heartbroken mothers during their indefinite protests, says

Their first protest began in Kilinochchi nearly 650 days ago.

Marking international human rights day, relatives of the missing persons held protests in the two provinces, repeating the demands they have been making for the past ten year or so.

Head of the organization of relatives of missing persons in Mullaitivu Mariyasuresh Iswari questioned the silence of the world community, as she handed over a petition to the UN office in the district.

A protest took place Mullaitivu with the participation of representatives from Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Vavuniya and Mannar as well.

No justice yet from govt.

Convener of their organizations in the north and the east Kariyayogaraja Kanagaranjani told journalists that they had to seek international community intervention as the Sri Lankan government has so far has failed to mete out justice for them.

She demanded the UN and other international agencies pressurize the government into revealing the fate of the persons who went missing during the final stages of the war and thereafter.

In the east, a protest took place at Tirukkovil, participated by representatives from Ampara, Trincomalee and Batticaloa.

OMP issues twitter message

Meanwhile, the Missing Persons Office in a twitter message acknowledges the critical work of activists, lawyers, community and civil society leaders, journalists, investigators and public officials and especially family members of the missing and disappeared who have worked tirelessly to protect the promote the rights of the missing and the disappeared.

The OMP also says that as an independent commission, it will continue to work towards protecting the rights of the missing and the disappeared to clarify the circumstances in which such persons went missing, while facilitating relief, redress and ensuring non-recurrence.