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Women’s vigil for disappeared

Mothers and wives against abduction and disappearances held a vigil in front of the Fort railway station.
The vigil marked the second anniversary of the disappearance of Journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda.
“We are invoking the blessings of sacred women such as Virgin Mary, Godess Pathini, Kali and Maha prajapathi Gothami to find our children and husbunds,” said Sandya Eakneligoda, wife of Prageeth.

Sri Lanka’s Appeal Court recently ruled that former Attorney General Mr Mohan Pieris could be called in as a witness to inquire into the disappearance of journalist, Prageeth Eknaligoda, as it heard that the former attorney General had said that he had information that Eknaligoda had taken refuge in a foreign country.

Sandya Eknaligoda, has requested courts to order police to produce the missing journalist in courts.

Former attorney general, Mr. Mohan Pieris had made a statement during a presentation at UN Committee against Torture (UNCat) that journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda has sought political asylum abroad.

“Our current information is, that Mr. Eknaligoda has taken refuge in a foreign country,” Mr Mohan Peiris said answering to a question from a delegate.

A number of human rights organizations including the Human Rights Watch have suggested that unresolved enforced disappearances should be part of the mandate of a proposed United Nations investigation into laws-of-war violations by both government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
BBC Sinhala

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