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Protesters demand action on disappeared people
More than 20 disappeared in three monthsActivists and family members demonstrate at a monument to the disappeared
- ucanews.com reporter, Raddoluwa
- Sri Lanka
- October 29, 2012
"We urge the criminalization of disappearances and the appointment ofÂ an independent commission to investigate disappearances," said Father Jeyabalan Croos at a rally in Raddulowa, 35 kms north of Colombo, on Saturday.
â€śA silent war is spreading in the northern and eastern part of the country. People disappear and nobody knows what is going on,â€ť he told the gathering at a monument commemorating disappeared people.
"So many peopleÂ are missing, including a Catholic priest," he said.
There were 21 suspected enforced disappearances reported in local English media in the 100 days between April 1 and July 9 of this year.
"The government would have ample power to criminalize enforced disappearances if it really wanted to win the hearts of these people,â€ť said Professor Chandraguptha Thenuwara, a lecturer at Colombo University.
The recommendations from the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation CommissionÂ set up after the civil warÂ included an investigation into the circumstances of the disappeared and bringing those responsible to justice.
A woman who did not want to be named said her husband went missing eight years ago.
"My husband went missing in 2004 afterÂ he had goneÂ fishing," said the mother of four children.
"Since that day I have walked to 175 camps in search of himâ€¦ I went to temples and begged God to bring my husband back," she said. "I believe he is still alive somewhere."
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