Dissappearance

Let the U.N. Unmask the Criminals of Sri Lanka’s War

Mar 3rd, 2014 | By

BRUSSELS — IN early 2009, as many as 40,000 civilians were killed in the final days of Sri Lanka’s civil war, having been herded into an area about the size of Central Park and subjected to relentless shelling. No one has been held accountable for these crimes, and even now the government in Colombo remains

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Red Cross to conduct Lanka disappearance survey

Mar 2nd, 2014 | By

A needs assessment survey in Sri Lanka for families of individuals who disappeared during the nearly three-decade long civil war in the country will be carried out by the International Committee of the Red Cross. The survey would begin in April and is scheduled to get completed by the end of the year, said Sarasi

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Reevaluating Sri Lanka’s LLRC Progress: Part One

Feb 27th, 2014 | By

Last March, The Social Architects (TSA) released its third report, “The Numbers Never Lie.” The report provided extensive information about the Government of Sri Lanka’s (GoSL) progress in implementing the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) recommendations. Again, TSA’s partners undertook a similar survey this year. Using the data obtained last year as a baseline,

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Sri Lanka: Mass grave with 80 Bodies found in former LTTE bastion

Feb 26th, 2014 | By

Colombo: Eighty skeletal remains have been dug out of a mass grave in a former LTTE stronghold in Sri Lanka, fuelling speculation that the bodies are of Tamil civilians who disappeared during the war with the rebels. “We have collected some 80 skeletal remains and removed them for safe keeping,” said Dhananjaya Waidyaratne, a judicial

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Report: Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Disappearances: Public hearing in Jaffna, 14-17 Feb 2014

Feb 21st, 2014 | By

Brito Fernando The Presidential Commission investigating disappearances of persons in the Northern and Eastern Provinces during the period 1990-2009 held the first public hearing in Kilinochchi district in January 2014. Following the completion of the first phase of the public hearing in Kilinochchi with approximately 150 cases, the second public hearing session was held in

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Tamil Nadu Government Decides to Release 7 victims in Rajiv Assassination Case

Feb 20th, 2014 | By

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 19 February 2014, 08:03 GMT] The Tamil Nadu Government, in a suo motu statement to the State Assembly on Wednesday said it has decided to release the 7 prisoners, now imprisoned to lifetime in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. The decision comes as the Indian Supreme Court on Tuesday decided to commute the death

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Implementation Status of the LLRC Recommendations – February 2014

Feb 20th, 2014 | By

Verite Research Sri Lanka: LLRC! Implementation Monitor- Statistical and Analytical Review No.2 Background The Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) published its final report on 16 December 2011. On 26 July 2012, the government released a National Plan of Action to Implement the Recommendations of the LLRC (NPA).  The LLRC originally contained 167 recommendations that

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Disappeared Persons Families Collective Raises Concerns about Manner in Which Missing Persons Inquiry Commission Conducted Sittings in Kilinochchi

Feb 13th, 2014 | By

(The Collective of the Families of the Disappeared Persons,has in a letter to the Presidential Commission to Inquire into Complaints Regarding Missiong Persons raised concerns about the recently conducted sittings by the commission in Kilinochchi. The full text of the letter is reproduced below) The Secretary, Presidential Commission to Inquire into the Complaints regarding Missing

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TNA calls for international probe into Mannar Mass grave as toll soars to 59

Feb 13th, 2014 | By

By Ramanan Veerasingham Sri Lanka’s major Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) on Wednesday called for an independent international probe into the Mannar mass grave as the skeletal remains of people dug out from the grave site has risen to 59 by Tuesday, amid fears that it could well contain the remains of thousands of

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US State Asst Secy Nisha Biswal Meets TNA Northern Councillor Anandhi Sasitharan and Other Women whose Relatives Disappeared after Surrendering

Feb 2nd, 2014 | By

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, Nisha Biswal, yesterday reassured Northern Provincial Council member, Ananthi Sasitharan that she would apply pressure on the Sri Lankan Government through the US to look into disappearances, abductions and the fate of LTTE combatants, who had surrendered to the government.

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