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Tamil father dies while searching for disappeared son

Yet another Tamil father has died this week after spending over a decade demanding the whereabouts of his disappeared son. 

Muniandy Karuppaiya, from Mulliyawalai, Mullaitivu, has been searching for his son Mohandas who was forcibly disappeared during the armed conflict.

Tamil families of the disappeared have been campaigning across the North-East since March 2017 in search of their loved ones who were either abducted or handed over to the Sri Lankan military at the end of the armed conflict in 2009, on the premise that they would be returned. 

Despite being subjected to intense surveillance and harassment by the state's security forces, Tamil families of the disappeared have been relentless in their search for justice and accountability. The families have been calling for an international accountability mechanism as domestic commissions and state-led initiatives such as the Office of Missing Persons (OMP) have repeatedly failed to hold the perpetrators accountable. 

To date, over 100 parents are thought have died without knowing the truth about their disappeared children. 

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