Colombo Telegraph

Sri Lanka’s Tragedy

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The Sri Lankan government must allow a UN investigation into the fate of the disappeared

The agony endured by the loved ones of missing people can scarcely be imagined. Instead of being allowed to grieve and come to terms with their loss, they must live in suspense without knowing the fate of a child, wife or husband. Sri Lanka will host a Commonwealth summit in a fortnight, yet the country has more “outstanding cases” of disappearances than anywhere in the world apart from Iraq. No fewer than 5,676 names appear on a United Nations list: more than in Argentina after the “dirty war” of the Seventies, or in Colombia after decades of abductions by drug barons and Marxist insurgents.

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