Ragihar Manoharan, a 20-year-old Tamil youth, and four other Sri Lankan Tamil students were killed by security forces on January 2, 2006 in Trincomalee in northwestern Sri Lanka. The authorities have failed to prosecute anyone for their murder. Their case is emblematic of the thousands of people subjected to human rights violations in Sri Lanka by government forces.
Two police investigations and a commission of inquiry on the case of the “Trinco Five” students have yet to result in anyone being held accountable. The Sri Lankan government must effectively investigate and prosecute those responsible for these murders so that the families of the students may at last receive justice.