26 September, 2020

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Mayuri Inoka, Wife Campaigning For Disappeared Husband, Abducted

Mayuri Inoka, the wife of a disappeared husband, Madushka Haris De Silva, was herself abducted on 1 November 2014. According to Mayuri, her abductors threatened her not to engage in any activities calling for the recovery of her husband. Mayuri’s husband disappeared in September 2013, and remains missing.

Mayuri Inoka

Mayuri Inoka

Issuing a statement the Asian Human Rights Commission says; On 27 October 2014, Mayuri spoke at a public gathering in front of the “Monument for the Disappeared” at Raddoluwa, Seeduwa, during the annual commemoration ceremony for disappeared persons.

The persons who abducted Mayuri identified themselves by stating, “we are from the police” They followed her and boarded the three-wheeler in which she traveled to the city centre in Anuradhapura, where she wanted to purchase milk powder for her 11-month-old twin babies.

According to Mayuri’s statement, broadcast in BBC’s Sinhala Service, a well-built man, pointing a gun at her face boarded her three-wheeler, tied her hands behind her back, blindfolded her, and took her in a three-wheeler. Later, she was shoved into a van. She was driven around for about an hour and half in this van, a period when she was continually abused and threatened by her abductors, who asked her “not to engage in the campaign and protests to find her husband”.

She has recalled that, several times, one of the abductors aimed a pistol at her neck and threatened to shoot her. Mayuri says she was terrified and feared for her life. She was repeatedly told that “she will also be taken to where her husband is”, if she continued to search for him, which, in fact, is nothing other than an assassination threat. Mayuri was finally thrown out of the van, onto the roadside near Nochchiyagama.

Talking to BBC Sinhala Service following her ordeal, Mayuri says that when she was thrown out by the side of the road, with her hands still tied behind her back, and yelling for help, no person came to her assistance. Later, after sometime, several police officers in civilian clothes arrived and abused her in foul language, threatened her, and treated her as if she were a prostitute.

Every month Mayuri holds a fast (hunger strike), in front of the Anuradhapura Police Station, demanding information about the whereabouts of her husband. The case regarding the disappearance of her husband is fixed for tomorrow, 4 November 2014, at the Anuradhapura Magistrate’s Court.

She has named Senior Police Superintendent Mahesh Senarathna and a group of other police officers as those who are involved in the abduction of her husband. She has complained to the police and to the courts about this disappearance and about whom she thinks is responsible for the disappearance.

On a previous occasion, two persons have visited her house and threatened her to keep silent or face the consequences, and threatened her with her own death and that of her children.

It is obvious that a group of police officers, afraid of being discovered for involvement and links to the disappearance of Madushka Haris De Silva, are pursuing her in order to intimidate her and to silence her.

Given previous experiences in similar incidents, it will not be a surprise if Mayuri will be assassinated.

The Asian Human Rights Commission calls on the Inspector General of Police and all government authorities to immediately inquire into Mayuri Inoka’s abduction and the constant threats that have been levelled at her and her children by persons identifying themselves as “police officers”.

Meanwhile the AHRC also calls upon the Inspector General of Police to provide special protection to Mayuri Inoka and her children.

The AHRC particularly calls upon the women’s movements in Sri Lanka to come to Mayuri Inoka’s assistance and to prevent her possible assassination. The AHRC also calls upon all human rights organizations to do everything they can, to provide for her protection.

The AHRC will also take steps to bring this matter to the attention of the United Nations Human Rights agencies and the diplomatic community in Sri Lanka.

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  • 18
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    The fate of Mayuri Inoka is in effect Sri Lanka’s post indipendence history.

    Where big swallow the small shamelessly. Where injustice and impunity rules. On a rapidly worsening trajectory.

    Be it UNP or SLFP, it has been the same sordid story.

    We might get a national orgasm, if we mange to kick the SLFP out at the next election.

    However, these horror stories will continue.

    Cheers!

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        The AHRC particularly calls upon the women’s movements in Sri Lanka to come to Mayuri Inoka’s assistance and to prevent her possible assassination.

        What are the jet setting HR and women’s and media NGOs up to? on the UN and other international conference trails..?

    • 10
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      The photo of Mayuri with her two infant children protesting along in public road shows the root cause of the problem.
      Where were you empathetic Lankans? You have abandoned your sister and her two infant children.. She is sitting on the road almost by herself protesting against a common injustice in Lanka.. And you all blame your political leaders and stay inside your homes
      Look back at yourselves…. Try to Identify the root cause which has created this unjust society that produced all those crooked leaders..
      In civilised world, even a poor aboriginal mother or black mother would not be abandoned in a protest like this… You would see so many whites standing besides her, encouraging and supporting her.
      I was expecting at least 10 young Lankans with her in this public protest…

      • 2
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        Dinuk & AVB,

        NGO Jet set & apathetic public aside, where are the so called elected opposition monkeys?

        Aren’t they paid by SL taxpayers to look into this kind of terrible violence & injustice against citizens?

        Apart from cruising around in fuel drinking, road clogging, gigantic, luxurious 4WD vehicles, what else do they do?

        How come they are not standing beside this helpless mother with two infants to raise on her own?

        Anybody who is stupid enough to believe these tragedies will end? Once we kick Rajapassa Clan out? Once we install the so called opposition in power?

        Nothing will change.

        Opposition monkeys are just waiting for their turn to kidnap, abuse & torture innocent people. After all, they have had a very long break from all that.

        Cheers!

  • 19
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    Ah the Rajapaksa goons at work. Threaten and intimidate, the usual actions of a criminal government. Obviously the Rajapaksa’s must be complicit in these crimes, or else they would have tried to find her husband and bring some justice to the family. The mere fact that these kidnappings, missing Sri Lankans, and murders are unsolved shows that either these criminals who controls the armed forces are incompetent and cannot control the crimes in the nation, or a totally involved, and behind it. Your guess is as good as mine. Terrorizing a helpless woman, who is only bringing attention to her missing woman, is disgusting.

    • 0
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      Not only should the government/security forces investigate the whereabouts of this poor woman’s husband but also compensate her for the terrible wrong that has been done. I’ve read many cases of a similar nature which are all ammunition to our enemies in the UNHCR. At least now, at this late stage, show some compassion, instead of punishing her for doing the only thing left in her armoury i.e. protest.

  • 11
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    “Be it UNP or SLFP, it has been the same sordid story.”

    Makeka thamai appe aanduwaa!

    You wanted it – and there you got it. Sinhalese society is still not ready for democracy, in fact monarchs ruled the island much better. Look at the Middle East – same sordid story there too.

    When people are not ready for democracy, democracy is a curse on the society.

    • 10
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      It is ‘Sri Lankan society is not ready….’ not ‘Sinhalese society…’ Don’t the Tamils and Muslims have a place in this society?

      • 3
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        It is the Sinhalese society who elected the murderers, abductors, thieves and morons who are leading the country!!

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          Of course We Thamizh society did so much better when it had that 30 year stint in the limelight :D

          • 4
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            Tamil society wanted to chart their own destiny. From the way things are moving in Sri Lanka, there is not much difference between Prapaharan and the current family rule!! At least there was no rape and no drug trafficking, no theft, no corruption!! Women were safe unlike now.

          • 1
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            Wee Thamihz De: Siva Sankaran Sarma Menon,

            “Of course We Thamizh society did so much better when it had that 30 year stint in the limelight :D”

            Good point, Thamilhs did better, now you want Sinhala speaking Thamihzs to excel, race to the bottom.

            What a smashing idea.

      • 2
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        Taraki,

        According to your people, Tamils and Muslims are unwanted others.

      • 2
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        Wee Thamihz De: Siva Sankaran Sarma Menon,

        “Of course We Thamizh society did so much better when it had that 30 year stint in the limelight :D”

        Good point, Thamilhs did better, now you want Sinhala speaking Thamihzs to excel, race to the bottom.

        What a smashing idea.

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        Taraki

        “Don’t the Tamils and Muslims have a place in this society?”

        Do they?

    • 5
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      Don’t blame democracy for our ills. There was a time when we had decent politicians, true to their principles (although I did not agree with all of them) who steered this blessed nation. People such as Dr. N.M.Perera, Dr. Colvin R. de Silva, Peter Keuneman, Robert Gunewardena, Philip Gunewardena, D.S.Senanayake, Dudley Senanayake, Sir John Kotelawala and more. Now we are governed by imbeciles with gung-ho politics and with brawns and no brains, with no respect for the laws or the constitution that we wisely inherited with our democracy.

  • 5
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    With the elections around the corner, it is an inconvenience for the truth to come out. It does not look good for the Rajapaksa rascals to have to deal with the fact that SriLankan citizens are kidnapped, missing and even killed, and that the Rajapaksa’s have so much to answer for. Not a good thing to come out just before the elections. This poor woman is paying the price for asking for answers from her government, by being threatened and told to shut up. The inmates are running this asylum.

  • 5
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    quite shocking.Now i suppose she won’t do that monthly hunger fast in front of the police station.If she does a copper might start belting her on the road itself with his belt.

    however the masses/asses will continue to vote for the beaming mahinda.

    so the rajapakshes will continue on their chosen path because if the people don’t care about these things why should they.

  • 4
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    When Jeewan Kumaranatunga’s brother-in-law was abducted he made a few calls the the Rajapaksas and the guy was saved. The fellow even thanked Goata and MR for saving him; ha ha ha.

    Have you noticed political comedians in Sri Lanka only have to re-enact what had taken place. They don’t have to change anything to make it funny. The whole country is a big freaking comedy.

    In Sri Lanka people only think abducting and killing people is wrong only if it is their kith and kin. Nobody gives a damn about other people. Americans may have taught how to be self-centered to the rest of the world. But Sri Lankans needed no tutoring in this regards. They had cultivated this for thousands of years.

  • 8
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    Singhalese your turn now. The Govt have subdued the Tamils and the Muslims. When the Sinhalese were lighting crackers when the Tamil freedom fighters were annihilated. Who is going to light crackers when the Sinhalese are subjected to what the Tamils went through?
    You elected this Govt and you have to face the consequences.

  • 4
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    Poor Mayuri and her children have to be saved from these vultures of the government. I hope some foreign government will grant them asylum!

    The ordinary people of the South should wake up to see the reality and the sooner the better for their future!

    Sengodan. M

    • 0
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      There is a very slim possibility that the police is harassing this women for their own sake, but the government not inquiring into it is giving it the appearance of siding with them which does not bode well for the Rajapakse regime as all abductions and disappearances will be attached, probably unjustly, to them.

  • 4
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    Disgraceful Sri Lanka continues on the path of Pinochet. No one gives a damn in Sri Lanka. Protests are only coming from international organisations. The culture of fear that gripped Sri Lanka for 30 long years continues unabated under the melevolently beaming Rajapaksa.

  • 2
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    Majority’s silence when innocent Tamils were abused in the name of terrorism has come back to haunt them.

    “First they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew.

    Then they came for the Communists and I did not speak out because I was not a Communist.

    Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist.

    Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me. “

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      burt

      “Majority’s silence when innocent Tamils were abused in the name of terrorism has come back to haunt them.”

      So did the majority Tamils in 1971 and between 1987 and 1990.

  • 2
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    “Mayuri Inoka, the wife of a disappeared husband, Madushka Haris De Silva, was herself abducted on 1 November 2014………..The Asian Human Rights Commission calls on the Inspector General of Police and all government authorities to immediately inquire into Mayuri Inoka’s abduction and the constant threats that have been levelled at her and her children by persons identifying themselves as “police officers”………Meanwhile the AHRC also calls upon the Inspector General of Police to provide special protection to Mayuri Inoka and her children……….The AHRC particularly calls upon the women’s movements in Sri Lanka to come to Mayuri Inoka’s assistance and to prevent her possible assassination. The AHRC also calls upon all human rights organizations to do everything they can, to provide for her protection.

    So says the AHRC and Basil F’do from the safety of their ivory tower in Hong Kong.

  • 2
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    Plsease organise a fund to this innocent family. All peace loving Sri Lankans abroad will financially help her and these two tiny children.

    Cyril

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