educate yourself about sri lanka
the issues in sri lanka rarely get any media coverage
Recent Police Brutality Cases
(trigger warning: abuse/violence, islamophobia, graphic images in some articles)
Enforced Disappearances in Sri Lanka
The enforced disappearances of people in Sri Lanka (white van kidnappings) since the 1980s is a big problem that still hasn't been solved, although some of the drivers of the vans have admitted in late 2019 that some of the kidnapped individuals were killed and thrown into rivers filled with crocodiles. However this was only admitted after 20 years!
Thousands of people have disappeared in Sri Lanka since the 1980s. A 1999 study by the United Nations found that Sri Lanka had the second highest number of disappearances in the world and that 12,000 Sri Lankans had disappeared after being detained by the Sri Lankan security forces. A few years earlier the Sri Lankan government had estimated that 17,000 people had disappeared. In 2003 the Red Cross stated that it had received 20,000 complaints of disappearances during the Sri Lankan Civil War of which 9,000 had been resolved but the remaining 11,000 were still being investigated.
Human rights groups such as Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and Asian Human Rights Commission have documented many of the disappearances and attributed them to the Sri Lankan security forces, pro-government paramilitary groups and Sri Lankan Tamil militant groups.
These families who have lost their loved ones need closure. They need to know the truth.
The Tamil Genocide and its Repercussions:
The Sri Lankan government has yet to acknowledge the Tamil genocide that happened during the 1983 Sri Lankan Civil War (allegedly, the genocide had started way before this, though). Countless innocent Tamil lives were taken during this time. However, the government refuses to accept that Tamils were targeted. Tamil families are still suffering in their homeland in the north and east of the island. They have lost their loved ones and have been physically or mentally traumatized by the genocide that the Sri Lankan state perpetrated against the Tamils during the civil war.
It is important for the Sri Lankan state to publicly acknowledge the killings and consider all aspects of the genocide constitute a heinous act. Not only does this acknowledgement honour the lives that were lost, but it gives a sense of hope to those who had suffered. Most importantly, by acknowledging the genocide, we are able to prevent such crimes against humanity from happening again.
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