419 ‘disapeared’ in Jaffna

The Human Rights Commission in Sri Lanka (HRCSL) says it received 419 complaints on disappearances in Jaffna peninsular since December last year.

Commissioner Dharmasiri Jayawickrama said the HRCSL has already begun investigations based upon the complaints received.

"The security forces are accused for 60 dissapearances," he told

54 others were released after intial investigations by the police, he added.

"23 others are detained by the police".

No information was available on what happened to 245 others, according to HRCSL.

It is suspected that 183 of those missing were abducted by ‘some other militant group’.

Commissioner Jayawickrama told BBC Sandeshaya that HRCSL received reliable information that that some of those were abducted by the Tamil Tigers.

Others have joined the LTTE voluntarily, the former Apeals’ Court judge added.

The Commission is also to investigate dissapearances in the capital, Colombo.

"We will initiate investigations on media reports that nearly 30 people are missing in Colombo".



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