Those trying to find their missing loved ones are called ‘Traitors’, while those responsible for the disappearances are called ‘War Heroes’

“If People are not Moved by the Struggles of Families of Disappeared Persons then Something is Wrong with our Country” Says Human Rights Commission Chair Dr.Deepika Udagama.

Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka Chairperson Dr. Deepika Udagama believes attitudes of the people must change for the country to move forward and adequately address the sufferings of families of disappeared persons.

“We should not look at this through a political or racist perspective,” she said, and pointed out that some harbour negative feelings toward the Office of Missing Persons (OMP). She commended the OMP for being the first State affiliated organisation to mark the International Day of the Disappeared and acknowledged more support needed to be given to institutions like the OMP to promote reconciliation and harmony.

Images produced to highlight disappearances in Sri Lanka over the past 30 years.  Produced to coincide with Amnesty International's "Silenced Shadows”, a poetry competition on disappearances in Sri Lanka. Full details: http://join.amnesty.org//ea-campaign/action.retrievestaticpage.do?ea_static_page_id=4326 Text reads: The UN ranks Sri Lanka as the country with the second highest number of disappeared in the world.

Images produced to highlight disappearances in Sri Lanka over the past 30 years.
Produced to coincide with Amnesty International’s “Silenced Shadows”, a poetry competition on disappearances in Sri Lanka. Full details:
http://join.amnesty.org//ea-campaign/action.retrievestaticpage.do?ea_static_page_id=4326
Text reads:
The UN ranks Sri Lanka as the country with the second highest number of disappeared in the world.

“Still, those trying to find their missing loved ones are called traitors, while those responsible for the disappearances may be regarded heroes,” she said delivering the keynote address at an OMP event to mark the International Day of the Disappeared.

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