Parents of the disappeared appeal to the president

Place: Tamil Eelam | Courtesy: TamilNet
| Date: 19970611

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.

These parents have found no other avenues to air their grievances or get information about their missing sons and daughters, believed to have been tortured and killed by Sinhalese soldiers. The government's Human Rights Task Force (HRTF) - ostensibly there to follow up on such cases - was totally ineffective anyway, but has now actually closed down its Jaffna office and returned to Colombo, while the Sinhala military high command in the occupied peninsula refuses to discuss anything at all with the Tamil mothers and fathers.

With no other options remaining, the parents have called on the president to intervene if she is sincere. Their letter further states that the government media has twisted and perverted their predicament, portraying their children as having gone abroad or joined the LTTE. Such false stories indicate an official cover-up by government authorities trying to hush up and wash their hands of these military crimes against Tamils. This demonstrates how little power Tamils have under the rule of a Sinhala government and Sinhala military. The parents, for their part, say they are in no doubt their children were arrested by the Sinhala army prior to going missing.