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Feb 21, 2018

Relatives of missing persons mark one year of protests (video) Featured

Stressing to the government that they are not waging an armed struggle against it, street protestors in the north ask that their missing relatives handed over to the military be returned.

Marking one year since they began their protest campaign, they staged an agitation in front of Kandasamy Kovil in Kilinochchi yesterday (20).

They asked the president, as the responsible authority, to find the missing persons, failing which, they seek an international intervention, saying that the war in the north too, was supported by the world community.

The protestors want their grievances taken up at the 37th UN human rights sessions that begin later this month.

Govt. is nurturing racism – Sandya Ekneligoda

Participating in the demonstration, the wife of missing journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda questioned if the government has ensured justice despite its promises for reconciliation among the communities.

Mothers of the missing cannot expect justice if the government is without the strength to enforce the legal mechanism properly, Sandya Ekneligoda said.

She accused the government of nurturing racism.

The protest that took place from 9.30 am to 1.00 pm was attended by relatives of missing persons from eight districts in the north and the east, as well as representatives of political, nongovernmental and civil society organizations, according to radiogagana.com.