Disappearance - Articles

February 14, 2001
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: TamilNet
Over 18,000 arrested under ER, PTA in 2000
More than 18000 persons, mostly Tamils, were arrested under the draconian Emergency Regulations (ER) and the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) last year said a senior human rights worker in Colombo Wednesday. "The press in Colombo reported 13514 arrests under the ER and PTA from January to November 2000. More than forty percent of the arrests under the ER and PTA are not reported by the press here. [ Full Story ]
January 13, 2001
Place: Mannar

Source: TamilNet
Mannar citizens’ committee lists killed, missing
Thirty two civilians were killed due to the actions of the Sri Lankan security forces while twelve were reported missing in Mannar from January to December 2000 according to statistics released Saturday by the Citizens’ Committee for the district. The Committee said that hundred and forty three civilians were arrested by the Sri Lankan security forces in this period and that only 70 of these have been released so far. [ Full Story ]
January 4, 2001
Place: Jaffna

Source: TamilNet
152 arrested, 73 missing in Jaffna in 2000
Seventy three civilians were reported missing in the Jaffna peninsula from January to September in 2000 according to a report put out by the Human Rights Commission in Jaffna Thursday. The report said that 152 persons were arrested by the Sri Lankan security forces during this period. Four hundred and twenty one civilians were wounded and hundred and thirty one were killed in Jaffna last year due to the war, the report adds. Of these 156 were wounded and 26 were killed in the month of May alone according to the HRC report. [ Full Story ]
October 2, 2000
Place: Batticoloa

Source: WSWS
Protest in eastern Sri Lanka to mark the "disappearance" of army detainees
A hartal—a full-day strike coupled with the closure of shops—took place on September 5 in the Batticaloa district in the east of Sri Lanka to mark the anniversary of the “disappearance” of 174 people seized by armed forces at the Eastern University refugee camp in 1990. [ Full Story ]
August 31, 2000
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: AI
"Disappearances" on the rise
In a letter sent to the President of Sri Lanka today, Amnesty International urged investigations into an increasing number of "disappearances" reported over the last two weeks in northern Sri Lanka. [ Full Story ]
August 31, 2000
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: TamilNet
"General deterioration in human rights" - Amnesty
In a letter sent to the President of Sri Lanka Thursday, Amnesty International urged investigations into an increasing number of "disappearances" reported over the last two weeks in northern Sri Lanka. "These "disappearances" have taken place in the context of a general deterioration in human rights following the introduction of emergency regulations in May 2000," Amnesty said. [ Full Story ]
August 22, 2000
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: TamilNet
Amnesty concerned over new "disappearances"
Amnesty International said Monday it was concerned for two Tamil men who have been reported "disappeared" after being arrested by Sri Lanka Army soldiers in Vavuniya this month. [ Full Story ]
July 7, 2000
Place: Mannar

Source: TamilNet
Disappearance in Mannar
Arumugam Ramanathan (30) from the Thotavelli village in Mannar, who went to Mannar town to repair his water pump on the 1st of July, has not returned home, said his mother Arumugam Valliammai in a complaint filed with the Citizen's Committee in Mannar. [ Full Story ]
July 6, 2000
Place: Vavuniya

Source: TamilNet
Unable to trace disappeared -HRC, AI
The Human Rights Commission (HRC) in Vavuniya has not been able to find the whereabouts of 17 people who have been reported 'missing' or arrested by the Sri Lankan security forces during the first six months of this year, said Mr.Sreetharan, the chairman of the Commission. He said HRC received 303 complaints during the period. Meanwhile human rights organisation, the Amnesty International (AI), issued a press release Wednesday expressing its concern over the safety of Thambiah Wijayakumar, 24, who was arrested on 22 June in Vavuniya. [ Full Story ]
June 29, 2000
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: TamilNet
HRC investigates disappearances
Four young men have been reported missing according to complaints made by their relatives with the Human Rights Commission (HRC) in Vavuniya. The Chairman of the Human Rights Commission in Vavuniya, Mr. Sreetharan said they were trying to trace the whereabouts of the missing persons. [ Full Story ]
January 6, 2000
Place: Batticaloa

Source: TamilNet
Youth missing after arrest
A 22 year old youth arrested by Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers from the Valaichenai Harbour View camp has been reported 'missing' according to his parents. SLA officials, when contacted by Batticaloa parliamentarian Mr.Pararajasingham, has denied the arrest of the youth. [ Full Story ]
December 31, 1999
Place: Jaffna

Source: TamilNet
Fate of half Jaffna's missing unknown: NHRC
The fate of about 50 percent of the 147 persons, who were reported missing to National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in the Jaffna Dsitrict, in 1999,are not known, according to human rights sources in the northern town. [ Full Story ]
December 8, 1999
Place: Jaffna

Source: TamilNet
4 boys missing in Jaffna
Four schoolboys have been reported 'missing' by their parents in the Thenmaradchi Division of the Jaffna Peninsula, said sources. The parents have informed the Human Rights Commission and the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) officials, the sources said. According to HRC sources the students are from Kachchai road of Kodikamam. Thangamailan Mayooran,17, G.C.E (A/L) is a student at the Chavakachcheri Hindu College. The other three, Velnayagam Maran,Sinnathamby Mathiyalakan, Thambirasa Latheeswaran, are students of Thirunavukkarasu Maha Vidyalayam. [ Full Story ]
December 5, 1999
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: Tamil Sangam
Report of the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances
STATISTICAL SUMMARY [ Full Story ]
December 4, 1999
Place: Jaffna

Source: TamilNet
Report on Jaffna disappearances
The Sri Lankan Government said today that in the final analysis regarding complaints of disappearances in the Jaffna peninsula, 16 people were ascertained as dead, 201 were found in prisons and there was no evidence at all in respect of 174, even to commence inquiries. [ Full Story ]
November 26, 1999
Place: Jaffna

Source: TamilNet
Missing 'cannot be traced'
Letters of regret from Defense Ministry officials have been sent to 355 parents and relatives of persons who disappeared in the Jaffna district after the Sri Lanka Army (SLA)'s operation to capture the northern peninsula in 1995, human rights sources said. [ Full Story ]
October 9, 1999
Place: Ampara

Source: TamilNet
Three Tamils from border village missing
Three Tamil villagers were reported missing in the south-eastern Ampara districts after being arrested by Sinhala homeguards yesterday, human rights sources said. [ Full Story ]
January 5, 1999
Place: Jaffna

Source: TamilNet
Disappearances continue in Jaffna
An official from the Human Rights Commission (HRC) in Jaffna said that 201 people were arrested during the last year. In 67 of the cases the relatives of the detained were not given any confirmation of the arrest. These arrests were made by both the security forces and the Eelam People's Democratic Party. Four of the sixty have been confirmed dead, the official added. Meanwhile, Sinnathamby Thavarajah, from Nallur in Jaffna, has been reported missing since new years day. His relatives said that he went to Chavakachcheri and did not return home. They have made an entry at the HRC. [ Full Story ]
November 7, 1998
Place: Jaffna

Source: TamilNet
Disappearances recur in Jaffna
Human rights sources in Jaffna said today that there has been a recent increase in the incidence of arrest and detention of youths. [ Full Story ]
October 27, 1998
Place: Batticaloa

Source:
Four Batticaloa youths abducted
Four Tamil youths were abducted by a group of unidentified armed men in Kalmunai, 37 km south of Batticaloa, yesterday around 4.00 a.m, said human rights sources there. [ Full Story ]
October 6, 1998
Place: Chenkalady

Source: TamilNet
Disappearances may be reprisals
Twenty four Tamils are reported missing in the village of Koppaveli, 30 kilometers north west of Batticaloa from the early hours of the morning today said Divisional Secretary (DS) of Chenkalady. [ Full Story ]
Sept. 10, 1998
Place: Colombo

Source: TamilNet
Two people missing after arrest
"My family is very poor, and my husband, Poopalapillai (41), used to work for daily wages, until he left for Saudi Arabia two months ago for a better paid job. I wouldn't have sent my son to Colombo if I knew his fate would be like this", says 35 year old Arulampikai, a mother of three, after failing to find the whereabouts of her son, Poopalapillai Suthakaran (18). [ Full Story ]
July 17, 1998
Place: Nedunkerni

Source: LTTE press release
Two Tamil civilians abducted!
Two civilians who went to inspect their abandoned homes in army occupied Nedunkerni on July 12 were abducted by the Sinhala army stationed there. Vairamuthu Gopalakrishnan (31) and Shanmugarasa Jeyachandiran (22) are the two civilians who have disappeared. [ Full Story ]
April 23, 1998
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: Amnesty
Investigations into more than 700 "disappearances" should be made public - AI
Investigations into more than 700 "disappearances" should be made public The Government of Sri Lanka should promptly make public and disseminate widely the findings of an investigation into more than 700 "disappearances" reported in 1996 in Jaffna, northeast Sri Lanka, which the investigation panel presented to President Chandrika Kumaratunga yesterday, Amnesty International urged today. [ Full Story ]
April 22, 1998
Place: Batticaloa

Source: Amnesty
Amnesty campaigns against 'disappearance' of children
Amnesty International in its "South Asia:Action for Children" campaign launched on 22 April 1998, campaigned against the 'disappearance' of children after being detained by Sri Lanka's security forces. The campaign statement declared: [ Full Story ]
April 9, 1998
Place: Koyilporatheevu

Source: TamilNet, April 09, 1998
Youths missing after arrest
Five youths were taken into custody by home guards at Koyilporatheevu, 25 km north-west Batticaloa on March 31, while they were catching hares in the paddy fields and shrubs in the area, said sources in Batticaloa. The five youths, who are from Aliyarvattai in the 35th Colony of the Gal Oya scheme, were arrested when they crossed into the village of 36th Colony. [ Full Story ]
April 2, 1998
Place: Eastern Province

Source: TamilNet
13,000 disappearances in 7 years: MP
"Thirteen thousand people have disappeared in the Eastern Province since 1990. There are 8,500 widows in the East of whom 70% are between 18 and 21 years [old]. There are 6000 orphans," said Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) MP Joseph Pararajasingham at a meeting held this week at the Ramakrishna Mission in Colombo organised by the Past Pupils of Northeast District Schools Organisation. [ Full Story ]
March 18, 1998
Place: Jaffna

Source: TamilNet, March 18, 1998
Parents of the Missing die of grief
The Missing Persons Guardian's Association of Jaffna (MPGA-J) states that the number of parents who die out of grief for their children who were arrested by the SLA and are still missing is on the increase in the Jaffna peninsula. [ Full Story ]
March 11, 1998
Place: Vavuniya

Source: Amnesty
Amnesty appeals yet again on further Tamil 'disappearances'
Amnesty International issued the following appeal for the following the disappearances of the below four Tamil men: [ Full Story ]
February 6, 1998
Place: Mullaitivu

Source: TamilNet
71 Tamil civilians registered missing - red cross
A Red Cross report says 71 Tamil civilians were registered missing since last year, after they were arrested by the Sri Lankan army in occupied parts of Mullaitivu district, close to the A9 trunk road. Although this is the official number registered, the actual number of missing could be far more, a Red Cross official said. [ Full Story ]
January 23, 1998
Place: Vavuniya

Source: TamilNet
Two Tamils Taken away by SL army disappeared
Two Tamils arrested and taken away by the Sinhalese army from the military-run Poomthoddam detention centre in Vavuniya on 23 January have disappeared. The two - Tharmalingam Balasingam (22) and Kathirgamathaby Senthilnathan (23) - had been travelling from Vannni when they were detained at the camp. Relatives fear they have been killed by the military as the army has denied taking them away when asked by politicians who took the case up on behalf of the missing persons' relatives. [ Full Story ]
0, 1998
Place: Jaffna

Source: TamilNet, January 13, 1998
Parents protest to Human Rights Commision
Parents of 23 persons who disappeared after they were arrested by the army in villages in the Thenmaradchi Division of the Jaffna Peninsula in July last year, lodged their complaints with the Human Rights Commission in Jaffna town yesterday. [ Full Story ]
December 10, 1997
Place: Colombo

Source: Human Rights Solidarity
Asian Human Rights Commission reports on protests against disappearances...
"A protest rally and picketing was held in front of the main railway station in Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, on International Human Rights Day, 10 December 1997, to bring to the attention of the public and the government the disappearances issue. The fate of about 600 people who disappeared from Jaffna Peninsula in recent times is unknown. The general suspicion is that they were killed after their arrests. The protest was supported by the Nava Lanka Samasamja Party and a government Member of Parliament, Vasudeva Nanayakkara. [ Full Story ]
December 10, 1997
Place: Nallur

Source: TamilNet, December 10, 1997
Satyagraha at Nallur temple
The Missing Persons' Guardian Association of Jaffna (MPGA-J)went on its token satyagraha protest at the Nallur Kandasamy temple today. [ Full Story ]
December 0, 1997
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: Human Rights Solidarity
Disappearances in the North follow the pattern set earlier in the South...
The 'disappearnce' of Tamils in the North followed the pattern set by previous Sri Lanka government in suppressing the rebellion in the South. The Asian Human Rights Commission commented in December 1997 that though 16,742 cases of disaapearances in the South had been established, the present Government had taken no action yet. [ Full Story ]
November 27, 1997
Place: Jaffna

Source: Amnesty
Continuing spectre of "disappearances" in Sri Lanka - Amnesty
"An Amnesty International delegation which visited Sri Lanka recently has concluded that of the 600-odd people who have "disappeared" in the last 18 months after their arrest by the security forces, nearly all have died as a result of torture or been deliberately killed in detention.... [ Full Story ]
October 25, 1997
Place: Colombo

Source: TamilNet
Biggest ever search operation in Colombo
A massive combined security forces operation was launched in the city and suburbs of Colombo in the early hours of the morning today. The Sri Lankan army, Navy, Airforce and Police completely sealed all entrances to the city by 1.00 am. [ Full Story ]
October 9, 1997
Place: Kilinochchi

Source: TamilNet
22 Tamil civilians go missing within 7-days
Since 2 October, 22 Tamil civilians who went to recover belongings from their former homes in parts of Kilinochchi (in places just outside areas of Sinhalese army occupation) have been abducted by Sinhalese troops and not been seen since. The victims are from Santhapuram, Selvapuram, Vasanthapuram and Murikandy. The next of kin of these victims have appealed for help from the ICRC at its Mallavi office. [ Full Story ]
Sept. 28, 1997
Place: Jaffna

Source: TamilNet
Relatives of Jaffna's 'disappeared' protest
Parents and relatives of Tamil civilians who have 'disappeared' in Sri Lankan army custody staged a protest on Sunday in the premises of Jaffna's St. James Church, and vowed to continue their struggle for justice. Several hundred Tamils have disappeared after being arrested by the Sri Lankan army, which captured the Jaffna peninsula in early 1996. [ Full Story ]
Sept. 22, 1997
Place: Jaffna

Source: TamilNet
500 Jaffna Tamil women stage sympolic fast
The Women's Union of Jaffna - formed to trace the whereabouts of 750 Tamil civilians who disappeared after military arrest - have expressed grief and dismay that the Sri Lankan government does not intend carrying out legal proceedings against military offenders. [ Full Story ]
Sept. 16, 1997
Place: Siththandy

Source:
Headless body found near army camp
The headless body of a Tamil man arrested earlier by the Sinhala military during a routine round-up as been found 200 yards from the Siththandy army camp. S. Chinnadurai was twenty-six years old with two children. He was a resident of Siththandy (Batticaloa). [ Full Story ]
Sept. 3, 1997
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: Amnesty
Justice will not be done unless commissions of inquiry into past violations are made public
The Government of Sri Lanka should make public the reports of the three commissions of inquiry into past human rights violations, Amnesty International said as the commissions handed over their final reports to President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga today. [ Full Story ]
June 11, 1997
Place: Tamil Eelam

Source: TamilNet
Parents of the disappeared appeal to the president
Hundreds of Tamil parents of children recently 'disappeared' by Sinhala armed forces in Jaffna have sent a strong letter to Sinhala president Chandrika Kumaratunga, asking to meet her face to face. [ Full Story ]
April 11, 1997
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: Amnesty
Amnesty warns that "disappearances" in Sri Lanka highest since 1990
"The level of "disappearances" in Sri Lanka has hit a new high, Amnesty International warned as the United Nations Commission on Human Rights examined the country's human rights record. [ Full Story ]
0, 1997
Place: Batticaloa

Source: TamilCanadian
Tamil M.P. Joseph Pararajasingham on Human Rights Violations in Batticaloa
Mr. Joseph Pararajasingham, Member of Parliament & Leader of the TULF Parliamentary Group in a written appeal to the United States in August 1997 declared: [ Full Story ]
0, 1996
Place: Jaffna

Source: Amnesty
More than 600 Tamils disappeared in 18 months in Jaffna - AI
An Amnesty International delegation which visited Sri Lanka recently has concluded that of the 600-odd people who have "disappeared" in the last 18 months after their arrest by the security forces, nearly all have died as a result of torture or been deliberately killed in detention. [ Full Story ]
August 3, 1992
Place: Karadiyanaru

Source: Tamil Nation- 15 Feb. 1992; p3.
18 Tamils Disappeared in Karadiyanaru
Sri Lankan army troops arrested 26 Tamil farmers working in their fields in the Karadiyanaru area on 3 August 1992. Six if them were later admitted to Batticaloa hospital with gunshot wounds, two escaped with minor injuries from SLA custody. The whereabouts of the other 18 are not known. The SLA arrested the farmers following a confrontation between its troops and Tamil guerrillas in Karadiyanaru in which 14 soldiers are said to have been killed. [ Full Story ]
0, 1987
Place: Tamil Eelam

Source:
680 Tamils disappeared - AI
"The continuing conflict in northern and eastern Sri Lanka exacted a heavy price from the civilian population. The police and armed forces continued to kill non combatant Tamils... Of particular concern were reprisal killings by the security forces and reports that Tamil suspects taken into custody were shot or tortured to death and their bodies disposed of in secret. By the end of 1987, over 680 Tamils had reportedly 'disappeared' since 1983 and no substantive attempts had been made by the government what had happened to them."
Amnesty International Annual Report, 1988 for period January to December 1987 [ Full Story ]
November 11, 1986
Place: Periya Pullumumalai

Source: TIC
Periya Pullumumalai massacre: 23 killed, 21 disappeared
At least 20 Tamil civilians were shot and killed and several houses and shops were set on fire when security forces went on a rampage on 11 November 1986 at Periya Pullumumalai, a village in the eastern Batticaloa district. [ Full Story ]