Tamil women from war-affected areas continued their vigil and protest campaign for justice for their missing children, as international women’s day was celebrated elsewhere in the world.

They vowed to carry on with their struggle and expressed their displeasure over the conduct of the international community.

Marking it as a black day, these women disapproved of the continued presence of the military in the northern and eastern provinces.

On March 08, carrying placards and shouting slogans, they protested in front of the Mullaitivu district secretariat as their campaign entered its sixth year.

These women also demanded all those responsible for war crimes be produced before an international criminal court and asked the fate of their loved ones be known even this late.

The head of the association of relatives of missing persons in Mullaitivu, Mariyasuresh Iswari said the world community should no longer deceive the victims.

Her counterpart in Jaffna Ilankodai Sivapatham said it was unacceptable the world community was protecting the Sri Lankan state further.

Other activists, Yogarasa Kalaranjani and Seivanandan Jenita, rejected the local mechanism for investigating war crimes, and called for justice at least at the UN Human Rights Council’s 52nd regular sessions.


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Pictures: Kanapathipillai Kumanan


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