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Relatives of disappeared demand answers and condemn Sri Lanka’s OMP

With no further information on the whereabouts of their loved ones, families of the disappeared in Jaffna protested outside Sri Lanka’s Office of Missing Persons (OMP) office in the district on Sunday.

Though Sri Lanka’s president signed the gazette for the OMP more than two years ago, relatives of the disappeared have repeatedly criticised the office for failing to consult with war-affected victims and for not having the mandate to adequately investigate forcible disappearances.

Tamil families of the disappeared have been protesting for almost 1,000 days across the North-East, demanding action on investigating forcible disappearances and accountability for the crimes committed.