09 November 2015
The UN Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID) is preparing for its first visit to Sri Lanka in 15 years, a statement issued by the Amnesty International (AI) says.
“The UN Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID) is preparing for its first visit to Sri Lanka in 15 years. This important visit will raise the hopes of thousands of families of the disappeared that with the UN’s help they may finally discover the fates and whereabouts of their missing relatives and have the opportunity to pursue justice and reparation.
All communities have experienced enforced disappearances but victims may not share a common understanding of the problem or seek the same solutions. With huge numbers of Sri Lankans in search of truth, there are corresponding variations in their opinions about accountability.
WGEID should seek out and listen carefully to the views of family members of the disappeared. It should acknowledge the significant challenges to accountability that persist in Sri Lanka and clearly articulate its own limitations as well. The Government of Sri Lanka should facilitate these exchanges and direct all officials to cooperate fully with the delegates….