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* Families of disappeared persons in Sri Lanka protest to mark International Day of the Disappeared
Sat, Aug 30, 2014, 09:58 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 30, Vavuniya: The families of the disappeared persons in Sri Lanka held a protest today at Vavuniya town in the Northern Province to mark the International Day of the Disappeared.

The families of the disappeared persons and activists held a meeting in Vavuniya Town Hall and marched to the town to hold a demonstration.

However, police blocked their way and the protesters held the demonstration blocking the A-9 Kandy-Jaffna highway near the Municipal ground of Vavuniya.

A large number of human rights activists from Colombo also joined the protest and were present at the meeting. Several MPs and Provincial Councilors of the Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA), also participated in the protest.

The Sri Lankan government has established the 'Presidential Commission to Investigate into Complaints Regarding Missing Persons' to investigate into complaints regarding missing persons from Northern and Eastern Provinces between June 1990 and May 2009.

The Commission has so far received 14,471 complaints of disappeared or missing from civilians and 5,000 from security forces.

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