Protest by relatives of missing servicemen

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 18 May 1999, 17:43 GMT]
Almost 500 relatives of Sri Lankan Security Forces personnel who have been listed as missing in action marched to the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo this evening following a public meeting held at the auditorium of the Buddhist Youth League.

The protest was organised by the Association of Relatives of Servicemen Missing in Action.

sla_kia_may-99.jpg
SLA soldiers give a gun salute for their fallen colleague, Lt. Nolin Chaminda, at his funeral in Panadura, south of Colombo, today (May 17). Lt. Chaminda was killed in a battle with the Liberation Tigers in the north of the island.-Photo: AP
The protestors handed over a memorandum addressed to the President, Chandrika Kumaratunge, demanding among the other things, that they be allowed to travel to the Vanni and hold talks with the Liberation Tigers and that parents of Tamil detainees held at Kalutara and Welikade be allowed to visit their children.

The memorandum also urged the President to take the steps necessary to bring an end to the war and to provide assistance to the relatives of service personnel listed as missing in action.

The protest was led by Janaka Wenuwara, a member of the security force who was listed as missing in action by the Ministry of Defence and then released by the Liberation Tigers, three months ago.

The President's Secretary promised that their demands would be considered.

 

Latest 15 Reports
22.10.17 21:55   Photo
Colombo seizes more lands for Sinhala colonisation in Trincomalee through engineering Tamil-Muslim divide in East
21.10.17 21:46  
Unitary constitution imposing choice irrelevant to fundamentals needs rejection by Tamils
20.10.17 07:02  
Jaffna University students boycott classes against manipulative justice of genocidal Sri Lanka
19.10.17 17:11   Photo
Sirisena disappoints student leaders, Cooray humiliates families of hunger-striking prisoners
18.10.17 23:45  
Eastern Provincial Land authority discriminates Tamils
17.10.17 18:46   Photo
Paramilitary operative employed at Cooray's secretariat in Jaffna harasses public servants
16.10.17 07:15   Photo
UN Refugee agency ignorant of stranded Tamil refugees in Indonesia
15.10.17 19:12  
Tamil fisherman rammed by intruding Sinhala fishermens’ boat, fishing disputes escalate in Jaffna
14.10.17 07:34   Photo
Tamil protesters confront Maithiripala Sirisena in Jaffna
13.10.17 17:40   Photo
North at standstill, Sampanthan not to accompany Sirisena to Jaffna
12.10.17 23:35  
SL military postpones land release for 2 years as UN awarded Colombo with 2 more years in Geneva
11.10.17 23:48   Photo
20 Tamil organisations to lay siege to SL Governor's office on Friday
10.10.17 22:05   Photo
SL ‘Manipulative Justice’ exposed once again in Tamil political prisoners’ case: Sivapalan
09.10.17 22:09  
Protests gain momentum as hunger-striking political prisoners’ health deteriorates
08.10.17 23:00   Photo
SL constitutional discourse seen coupled with ‘Vision 2025’ policy of genocidal Sri Lanka
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=3318