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Tamil mother dies after searching for forcibly disappeared son for 12 years

A Tamil mother, who has spent over a decade searching for her forcibly disappeared son, has died from cancer today. 

Thevakiamma, has been demanding to know the whereabouts of her son, Senchudar, who was forcibly disappeared in Mullivaikkal in 2009. 

The Vavuniya Association of Disappeared Persons expressed their condolences and highlighted that Thevakiamma had been denied justice and died before getting answers regarding the whereabouts of her forcibly disappeared son. 

For over 4 years, families of the disappeared have been protesting continuously across the North-East, demanding the whereabouts of their family members, the majority of whom had been handed over to the Sri Lankan Army at the end of the armed conflict in May 2009.

To date, over 80 parents have died while campaigning for justice and accountability for their disappeared loved ones. 

Tamil families of the disappeared and Tamil activists have been calling for an international investigation into the enforced disappearances and the atrocities carried out by Sri Lanka towards the end of the armed conflict as domestic mechanisms have failed to provide any meaningful justice and accountability. 

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