US notes missing in Lanka at informal UNSC meeting

Samantha PowerThe United States discussed the issue of missing persons in Sri Lanka during an informal meeting of the UN Security Council (UNSC).

During a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on the Global Challenge of Accounting for Missing Persons, the Permanent Representative of the US to the UN, Samantha Power spoke about her visit to Sri Lanka and the missing persons issue.

She said that in recent months, she had the opportunity to visit two countries afflicted by huge numbers of missing and disappeared: Sri Lanka and Mexico.

Power said that while the history and the causes of the problem in each context, and any other context, is completely distinct, she was struck on these two visits by how many of the same themes emerged in her meetings with victims’ families as well as those with NGOs and Government officials.

She said that relatives of victims in both Mexico and Sri Lanka spoke of how disappearances upended virtually every aspect of their lives.

“In Jaffna, Sri Lanka, just a couple months ago a mother told me how, in March of 2009 she had seen men in military uniforms abduct her 16-year-old daughter, and had been beaten when she tried to intervene. Yet despite promptly reporting that crime to officials, the mother told me, she had never heard anything back. She has spent nearly every day of the six years since searching for her daughter, whose whereabouts remain unknown,” she said.

“In Sri Lanka, the Sirisena government passed landmark legislation in September 2015 to issue “missing” certificates to the families of victims – a reform aimed at ending the harmful practice of forcing families to sign death certificates for missing persons in order to access basic services,” she added.

She said that such efforts are indispensable in countries like Mexico and Sri Lanka, which lack credible, comprehensive databases, and where building them could help thousands of families obtain answers that they have long yearned for. (Colombo Gazette)

6 COMMENTS

  1. “Missing databases” is a lame duck excuse of a government that is not credible and which does not want to help because the victims are Tamils.

    The UNSC would have served its purpose, if the behaviour of ISIS Jihadists would have been compared with GOSL.

    Both ISIS and SL are cruel, inhuman, ,barbarous, uncivilised and rebellious even against the UN. Both do not value lives of people

  2. usa arrested an american freedom fighter and killed another in some part of the USA.
    so much for human rights and freedom fightting. it only seems to apply in other parts of the world not in the good old USA

    • Just because the USA or any other nation commits injustice anywhere does not give Srilanka the right to massacre the Tamil people.Diyani’s comment is typical of the Sinhalese who are accustomed over the last 60 years to kill,maim and rape tamil people.Even today a 6 year old tamil boy was murdered by Srilankan navy personnel after sexual abuseand his body dumped into a disused water well close to the Navy camp inSampur,eastern province.In another incident a 13 year girl was raped in central province (Mawathagama) and brutally murdered.So much for accountability and reconciliation! The war crimes are being committed in another form after regime change.

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