Two posters had been pasted in Negombo area and in Colombo , yesterday (25th Oct) night calming that organisers and resources persons of the Remembrance of the Disappeared to be held on 27th in Negomabo are selling the disappeared for dollars. The photos of Victor Ivan ( Guest speaker for tomorrow,) Nimalka Fernando, Herman Kumara, Jayathilaka Bandara , Freddy Gamage, Philip disanayaka and some of Our staff of the Right to Life organisation. Posters have been pasted near the houses of those accused by the posters.
Organisers are expecting disruptive activities by these extreme forces with the support of the Government and military intelligence. The event will go ahead despite these threats, Brito Fernando affirmed in an e mail communication.
- Invitation to the event:
Currently, Sri Lanka is ranked the third in the world for having a high number of Disappearances on different grounds. The law is silent in this regard and the aggrieved parties have no redress. There was no party that came forward to have such a Remembrance of the Disappeared until the year 2000. The Disappearances in this country have seen no end till this day
Since there was no discussion or any commemoration of the Disappeared, the Collective of the Families of the Disappeared proclaimed a day to commemorate those who disappeared since 1991. They proclaimed 27th October of every year as The Day of the Disappeared, and in the year 2000 a Memorial was erected for the memory of the Disappeared. The ‘Wall of Tears’ built along with this Memorial contains photographs of 433 Disappeared persons.
The invitation for the 24th Commemoration and the agenda is attached hereto for your information. There will be ten family members from the north and south who will speak about their plight on this day. Among them family members of victims from Mannar, Mullathivu, Vavuniya, Colombo, Negombo, Hambanthota, Anuradhapura and Eastern province will speak about their victimized sons and husbands. So,We kindly request you to cover the 24th commemoration of the Disappeared which will be held on 27th October from 9.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. at Seeduwa-Raddoluwa junction near the Memorial for the Disappeared. Also you are invited to cover this occasion and attend the press conference between 10.40 a.m. and 11.40 a.m.
This is organized by the Families of the Disappeared.