Friday, December 11, 2009

Unending search for dissapeared

We do not know the whereabouts of our children who were abducted and disappeared since 2006, said their relatives commemorating the International Human Rights day.

Relatives of the dissapeared joined the Committee for Investigation of Disappearances (CID) in a march from Hyde Park to the Public Library at Colombo Town Hall exhibiting pictures of their loved ones.

Speaking to Sandeshaya Premila Kumaridevi from Chilaw whose husband was abducted by a white van said “we appeal the president to intervene in finding our relatives.”

However, Subramaniam Logendraraja of Boralla said, “the president refused to accept our petition and told us we are discrediting the government”.

White Van

Logendraraja’s daughter was abducted in 2006 by a white van.

Parents and relatives of the disappeared persons from all over the country attended the ceremony.

Patron of the CID, Dr Vikramabahu Karunaratne said “we are not asking much, we are just asking to see our children or their bodies”.

The ceremony was planned to hold in Hyde Park but the permission was revoked at last minute forcing organisers to reschedule the meeting to the Public Library.

Protest in Vavunia

Relatives of disappeared persons held another protest in front of the district office of the Human Rights Commission in Vauniya requesting it to intervene.

“Criminal Investigation Department detained my son in law for more than a year without charges,” one of the parents told BBC Sandeshaya.

Father of another youth who has been abducted by a white van after beind released by courts asked “we do not know where he is?”

Protesters handed over a letter requesting HRC to intervene and find out where about their loved ones.

© BBC Sinhala

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