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TNA calls for justice over enforced disappearances

Marking International day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, the Tamil National Alliance urged to government to bring those responsible for the many thousands who have been forcibly disappeeared for justice. 

Highlighting the ongoing protests in the North-East by mothers and relatives of the disappeared, the TNA said in a statement, “all that they demand is to ascertain the truth as to what happened to their loved ones. The armed conflict came to an end 8 years ago, yet the issues of the missing persons has not been addressed satisfactorily so far.” 

“We urge the Government to give its priority to this matter of concern," the TNA said, adding that it was people's right to know what happened to the missing loved ones. 

“This fundamental right cannot be overlooked.  Also, we urge the Government to take action to bring the perpetrators before the law and ensure justice for the victims and to take all necessary steps to prevent enforced disappearances taking place in future in this country." 

The TNA has been criticised by mothers of the disappeared for its failure to achieve tangible progress on the issue despite its support for the current government and for being slow to endorse the protest.