25 July 2016
AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook
Geographic areas




  • > Africa
  • > Central Asia
  • > Europe
  • > Middle East
  • > Nord America
  • > North Asia
  • > South Asia
  • > South East Asia
  • > South West Asia
  • > Sud America
  • > East Asia

  • mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato


    » 09/21/2015, 00.00

    SRI LANKA

    Tamil women ready to forgive murderers but they want the truth

    Melani Manel Perera

    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."

    Colombo (AsiaNews) – Some 30 Tamil, Muslim and Sinhalese widows said that they are willing to "forgive the killers, whoever they are and for whatever crime they committed against our loved ones; however, we want to know the truth about what happened to our husbands, sons, and brothers."

    They spoke at a meeting organised by the Families of the Disappeared (FOD), an association that help the relatives of civil war victims. The event was held in Negombo about 40 km away from the capital, on the island nation’s west coast.

    "We do not want to punish those who harmed” the victims, some participants told AsiaNews. “We just want them to come home. We want to know what happened to them and where they are."

    This is the first time since the end of the civil war that pitted the army against Tamil Tiger rebels between 1983 and 2009 that the families of victims and missing people have shown some willingness to forgive the perpetrators.

    During the meeting, the women appealed to the government, which recently returned land to displaced Tamils. "Please, tell us the truth. If they are locked up in detention camps, please let them out! We do not want to know where the camps are; we just want them to come home.”

    “If you killed them, tell us when and why they suffered such an unjust fate. We have a right to know, because the missing people are our loved ones: our beloved sons, husbands, brothers and sisters."

    The meeting provided an opportunity to share information about missing people. Victims’ families did not limit their research to the northern and eastern provinces (where most of the civil war took place), but broadened its scope to the whole island, hoping to find answers.

    In their testimony, people related how their loved ones were taken from their villages, brought to police stations or army barracks where they were arrested on false charges. "They surrendered, and never came back."

    For the women, the ‘eye for eye, tooth for tooth’ attitude towards the harm received did not bring any results so far. "For this reason, we must forgive and seek justice right away. We have been demonstrating, protesting, and marching for our relatives for far too long."

    Relatives of the victims are ecstatic about the UN war crimes resolution that last week blamed again former President Rajapaksa for abuses.

    They also approve the government’s decision to set up an independent inquiry "but the timing of implementation is too long. We need a peaceful environment to live in, after so many years of suffering. "

    Finally, FOD president Fernando Brito said that his association would continue to provide support to the relatives of the disappeared. "We will provide them with support during the trials as well,” he said. “We need to move forward with a new positive attitude. We must use nonviolence to achieve our goals."

    e-mail this to a friend Printable version










    See also

    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."





    Editor's choices

    ASIA – WYD
    Card Gracias: young Asians bring Asian values to World Youth Day in Krakow

    Nirmala Carvalho

    "Our Asian pilgrims not only bring the grandeur, the vitality and beauty of Asia, but also the multi-cultural diversity, pluralism as well as Asian values of hospitality and family and, of course, the Church of the young.” Asia youth come to discover Krakow and the charisma of John Paul II, founder of the WYD.


    SYRIA
    Horror in Aleppo: "moderate" rebel group beheads Palestinian child



    The Nour al-Din al-Zenki movement beheads 11-year old Abdallah Issa shouting "Allah Akbar". The child was executed for collaborating with government forces. Before he died he was tortured. The group’s leaders try to back away from the barbaric killing. The group is supported by Turkey, the US, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.


    AsiaNews IS ALSO A MONTHLY!

    AsiaNews monthly magazine (in Italian) is free.
     

    SUBSCRIBE NOW

    News feed

    Canale RSScanale RSS 

    Add to Google









     

    IRAN 2016 Banner

    2003 © All rights reserved - AsiaNews C.F. e P.Iva: 00889190153 - GLACOM®