23 May 2017
AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook
Geographic areas




  • > Africa
  • > Central Asia
  • > Europe
  • > Middle East
  • > Nord America
  • > North Asia
  • > South Asia
  •    - Afghanistan
  •    - Bangladesh
  •    - Bhutan
  •    - India
  •    - Nepal
  •    - Pakistan
  •    - Sri Lanka
  • > South East Asia
  • > South West Asia
  • > Sud America
  • > East Asia


  • » 09/02/2014, 00.00

    SRI LANKA

    Vavuniya: relatives of missing people want the government to stop atrocities

    Melani Manel Perera

    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."

    Vavuniya (AsiaNews) - Relatives of people who went missing during and after the civil war want the government of Sri Lanka to stop atrocities against the Tamils ​​and tell the truth about missing people.

    About 700 people came together last Saturday in Vavuniya (Northern Province) to express their solidarity to these families. They included Sinhala and Tamil, ​​Muslims, Christians and Buddhists, lay people as well as people religious.

    "We believe that our children are still alive," said a woman whose son was taken by the military when he was coming home. "For this reason we are crying."

    "I call on President Mahinda Rjapakasa to find a solution to our tears," she added, "and stop once and for all these brutal kidnappings."

    "As citizens of this country," said another mother, "we ought to enjoy the same freedom enjoyed by the president. We can no longer live without knowing what happened to our children."

    "We cannot accept death certificates without the evidence of what happened to our loved ones," stressed another woman.

    According to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), in Sri Lanka the fate and whereabouts of more than 16,000 people remain unknown.

    e-mail this to a friend Printable version










    See also

    21/09/2015 SRI LANKA
    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."

    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.

    27/03/2006 SRI LANKA
    Still no news of people missing after Navy reprisals

    Three months have passed since four people went missing. The bishop of Mannar and their relatives fear they have been killed and are calling for proper inquiries.



    29/06/2016 17:12:00 SRI LANKA
    Sri Lanka army admits to the existence of a list with names of missing Tamil rebels who surrendered

    The names of the missing are still unknown, by a high ranking official admits that a list exists. In the final stages of the civil war thousands of young Tamil fighters handed in their weapons. Many of them are missing, presumed dead in extra-judicial killings.



    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

    VATICAN
    Pope: together with the faithful in China on 24 May to celebrate Our Lady of Sheshan



    During the Regina Caeli, Pope Francis speaks about the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China, instituted by Benedict XVI. Chinese Catholics must make a “personal contribution to communion among believers and to harmony in the whole society." AsiaNews Symposium on the Church in China is set for this week. Francis appeals for peace in the Central African Republic, and for loving “one another following the example of the Lord”. For him, “Sometimes conflicts, pride, envy, and divisions leave a blotch on the beautiful face of the Church.” Five new cardinals will be named, including a bishop from Laos.


    VATICAN-CHINA
    May 24, 2017: 'China, the Cross is Red', AsiaNews Symposium

    Bernardo Cervellera

    The event will be held to mark the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China. A title with many meanings: the Cross is red from the blood of the martyrs; From attempts to suffocate the faith with state control; Bceause of the contribution of hope that Christianity gives to a population tired of materialism and consumerism that is seeking new moral criteria. The theme is also about the great and unexpected religious rebirth in the country. Guests to include: Card. Pietro Parolin, Msgr. Savio Hon, the sociologist of religions Richard Madsen, the testimonies of Chinese priests and laity.


    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®