Tuesday, 11th May 2021

Northern province observes shut down over justice for disappeared persons during civil war

Colombo (PTI) Feb 26: Sri Lanka’s Tamil-dominated northern province observed a complete shut down on Monday with protestors demanding justice for thousands of disappeared persons of the brutal three-decade-long civil war against the LTTE that ended in 2009.

The families of the disappeared persons joined the protest and public transport, schools and government institutions remained shut with the civil society’s support, a Tamil party official said.

At a well-attended gathering in Kilinochchi, the former LTTE stronghold, the protestors said they had no faith in any local probe and wanted internationally-supervised process of accountability for crimes committed in the final phase of the conflict.

“Ten years passed since the bloody war came to an end but nothing has changed significantly in our daily lives, we are still searching for our loved ones, our lands are still occupied by military and our homeland militarised,” placards at the rally read.

The protesters urged that the Sri Lankan government not be given any more time to implement the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolutions.

The protest came as the UN rights body began its 40th sessions in Geneva where Sri Lanka’s rights progress record will be scrutinized.

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