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Melani Manel Perera
Tamil women ready to forgive murderers but they want the truth
Some 30 women met near the capital. The ‘eye for eye, tooth for a tooth’ attitude has not brought results. Victims’ relatives are still waiting for justice. The Families of the Disappeared association supports the search for the disappeared. An independent authority to investigate war crimes should be set up because "we need a peaceful environment to live in after so many years of suffering."
04/03/2008 SRI LANKA
Election in Batticaloa a foregone conclusion
NGOs want to stop the 10 March local elections, claiming that voters are being intimidated and that the poll will only strengthen the central government’s hold over the area and militarise the local administration. The Elections Commission has however dismissed all the accusations.
10/06/2014 SRI LANKA
Batticaloa, government closes investigations into civil war abductions
The Presidential Commission heard 195 people and registered 216 new complaints. The new phase of inquiry to be held in Mullaitivu. The president of Families of the Disappeared (Fod) says they have "no confidence" in the work of government officials.
19/11/2013 SRI LANKA
Civil War victims want the government to say where their army-abducted relatives are
During the meeting of the leaders of Commonwealth on 15-17 November, hundreds of Sri Lankans, from north to south, met foreign journalists to tell their tragic stories. During the conflict, husbands and sons were taken away in white vans never to be seen again. "The president knows the truth," some say.
02/09/2014 SRI LANKA
Vavuniya: relatives of missing people want the government to stop atrocities
Hundreds of people gather to honour those who went missing during and after the civil war. "We believe that our children are still alive," said a woman. "I call on President Mahinda Rjapakasa to find a solution to our tears, and stop once and for all these brutal kidnappings."
15/02/2016 16:31:00 SRI LANKA
Sri Lanka government to revisit the question of people who went missing during the civil war
Sri Lankan authorities renew their commitment to complete the national reconciliation process. The International Committee of the Red Cross presented a report titled 'Needs of the Families of Missing Persons in Sri Lanka: Living with Uncertainty’. For Foreign Minister, the process of reconciliation must be undertaken not to "appease international pressure or to keep the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights,” but because "we owe it to the people of our nation to forge a new future where all citizens will be treated with equal dignity and respect."
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