Diplomatic community backs families of missing in Sri Lanka

The diplomatic community based in Sri Lanka have extended support to the families of missing on the International Day of the Disappeared which falls today.

Thousands were reported missing during the war in Sri Lanka and their families continue to seek answers.

The UN Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka, Hanaa Singer tweeted today saying it is vital that those who work in aid of seeking redress for victims of enforced disappearances continue their work.

“I stand with the families of victims of #enforceddisappearances from all communities across #SriLanka. These families endure severe mental anguish, therefore it is vital that those who work in aid of seeking redress for victims continue their work,” she tweeted.

The US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Alaina B. Teplitz tweeted saying ending enforced disappearances is not enough and that families are entitled to answers.

“Ending #EnforcedDisappearances is not enough. Families are entitled to answers.
@ompsrilanka’s work is extremely important for families today and for generations to come,” she tweeted.

The British High Commission in Sri Lanka also tweeted drawing attention to those who have gone missing.

“On International Day of the Victims of #EnforcedDisappearances we remember all those who have #disappeared, their families and loved ones who continue to search for answers, and all those who work tirelessly to provide them with justice and closure,” the British High Commission tweeted.

Meanwhile, the Canadian High Commission in Sri Lanka tweeted extending support to the families of the disappeared searching for answers.

“Decades of conflict and impunity in #SriLanka have left tens of thousands of families without loved ones and without answers. On #InternationalDayoftheDisappeared, our thoughts are with the families of the disappeared searching for answers,” the Canadian High Commission tweeted. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. The ignorant readily assume that the missing succumbed in the line of fire during the war.
    They stupendously imagine that all the surviving relatives of those who went missing in the war zone amidst the heavy artillery, shelling, bombing and firing are looking for their loved ones whom in all likelihood perished during the last leg of the war. I can tell you they aren’t; at least not most. However, many of the relatives of those thousands taken into custody of the SL armed forces during the last leg of the war are indeed looking for answers on the whereabouts of their loved ones they know were alive when taken into the state’s custody.
    The ignorant readily and shamelessly throw shade at the long grieving families of the missing men and women. [“Hey, here is your answer: The were casualties of the war. That’s what happens during wars. They are not returning. Now, get on with it.”]
    But is it really ignorance? Or is it a deliberate attempt to divert from the decades long crimes of the state that were vastly committed by its almost wholly Singhalese constituted armed forces?
    Do these folks not know that hundreds of Tamil civilians who were picked up from their homes, schools, work places, or on the streets, and at the military check points by the state’s armed forces throughout the decades of conflict just disappeared never to be seen again? Do these folks do not understand the term “enforced disappearance”?
    The deception of these Rajapaksha fans is insidiously presented with token sympathies while they consistently set out to malign the victims of the war including the thousands of refugees who fled the country, labeling them entirely as illegitimate asylum seekers and LTTE terrorists.

  2. Looking at the grief ‘written’ all over that poor woman’s face makes my heart break.

    But what does she want to hear ? Is it: your son was killed in a war ?

    Will that bring him back ? Will that answer make any of them feel better ? Will it lessen the grief of all the mothers who lost sons in the war ?

    The unfortunate legacy of this war is a grief that will last two generations at least. It is an impossibility to soothe the mental anguish of these suffering mothers.

    • Bruce: Could you please give us your forecast on what will be the outcome of the solidarity with the families of the missing that these diplomats show annually since the end of the civil war 11 years ago? Is it just moral support, without expectations of accountability from the state?

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