SL have to accept enforced disappearances: OMP

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Accepting the fact that enforced disappearances had occurred in the country for at least four decades is the only way Sri Lanka can achieve reconciliation, OMP Chairman Saliya Pieris PC said yesterday.

He expressed this at an event held under the theme ‘No more disappearances’ to mark the International Day of the Enforced Disappearances at the J. R. Jayawardene Centre in Colombo.

“If we speak of the numbers of missing in Sri Lanka, it is one of the highest not only in Asia but also in the world. We have to accept that people had been forcibly disappeared for at least four decades. Accepting this is the only way to achieve reconciliation,” Mr. Peiris said.

However, he said there are some elements who are still unwilling to accept that incidents of enforced disappearances had taken place in the country.

“For some, still, the perpetrators who are responsible for making people disappeared are heroes and the victims are traitors,” he said. (By Lahiru Pothmulla)

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  • Mango Friday, 31 August 2018 12:00 PM

    A courages speech. Majority of South will not accept most disappeared from North were in the hands of the forces.

    Amaris Friday, 31 August 2018 03:11 PM

    The word "enforced" does not mean forces......

    stardust Friday, 31 August 2018 03:41 PM

    100% correct via DM Android App

    Ari Friday, 31 August 2018 06:33 PM

    One question to those human rights champions - where were you when thousands of citizens disappeared during the JVP insurrection.

    JVP Saturday, 01 September 2018 02:50 AM

    JVP leaders were killed after arrest. Where were you?

    Haramanis Saturday, 01 September 2018 02:29 PM

    These self-appointed human rights champions safeguard the interests of thugs, killers and rapists. They are then funded by NGO's, diaspora and foreign govts with their agendas to crucify Sri Lanka.


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