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Mothers of forcibly disappeared persons demand action from SL State, TNA, IC

[TamilNet, Monday, 26 January 2015, 23:41 GMT]
The mothers of forcibly disappeared persons in Mannaar staged a silent protest on Monday demanding immediate attention from the Tamil National Alliance, the new Sri Lankan regime and the international community to establish the truth on the whereabouts of the persons who were made forcibly-disappeared by the occupying Sri Lankan military; to release the Tamil political prisoners from Sri Lankan jails; to continue the excavation of mass grave of Mannaar killing field and to continue the international investigations on Sri Lanka. The protesting mothers, who were talking to journalists said they were yet to see any constructive step from the new regime or the TNA. They also questioned why the new regime is asking for a ‘list’ of missing persons from the TNA instead of checking their own lists and coming with answers, the protesting mothers asked.



The protesters were also demanding de-militarization of the Tamil homeland.

The representatives of the Citizens Committee of Mannaar, who organised the protest, said they were seeking an appointment with the SL President Maithiripala Sirisena so that the mothers could address their concerns directly to him.

Protest in Mannaar


Protest in Mannaar
Protest in Mannaar
Protest in Mannaar
The mothers of forcibly disappeared persons in North want Maithiripala Sirisena to prioritize the release of the Tamil political prisoners as part of his 100-day programme.

Mr Anthony Sagayam, the vice president of Mannaar Citizens Committee and B.A. Anthony Marc, the president of Mannaar Peace Committee took part in the protest.

In the meantime, Mannaar District Judge Ananthy Kanagaratnam, on Monday instructed the members of the public who had given affidavits to the courts urging further excavation of the mass grave at Thirukkeatheasvaram, to register complaints with the police in order to proceed with the excavation.

The Sri Lankan police was reluctant to exhume a well. The police told the courts that they were not able to locate the well. However, the Judge who inspected the affidavits instructed the SL police to cooperate with the public in locating and excavating the well. The case will be taken up on 16 February, legal sources in Mannaar said.

The occupying military of genocidal Sri Lanka had used abandoned wells that were situated near the military camps to dump the slain Tamil victims in the past. There are several such wells in Jaffna, Ki'linochchi, Mullaiththeevu and in Mannaar. Excavation of alleged mass graves should be carried out to establish the crime of extra judicial killings of the past, they said.



Protest in Mannaar


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