Several British Members of Parliament and other international dignitaries spoke at the event and called for the UN to find the plight of those disappeared and to bring those responsible to face justice.
This event is part of a global campaign initiated by TGTE called “You are not forgotten” to highlight the plight of the disappeared.
The UN Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearance, following a visit to Sri Lanka in November 2015, stated that Sri Lanka has the second largest number of enforced disappearance cases before the Working Group. Sri Lanka has not provided any meaningful domestic or international remedies for the relatives and friends of the victims to know what happened to their loved ones.
This discussion is took place in light of the latest developments, when Commander of Sri Lankan Forces during the war Field Marshall Sarath Fonseka, who is also a Cabinet Minister, confirming that Sri Lankan Security Forces Committed War Crimes against Tamils during and after the war ended.
Field Marshall Fonseka’s confession to war Crimes committed by forces under his command came, when he summoned journalists to his office on September 1st and said that he has information about General Jayasuria committing war crimes and that he is ready to give evidence. “I know he committed Crimes and ready to testify before a proper investigation.” Fieled Marshal Fonseka also said that other officers also committed war crimes: “I have information regarding those who committed crimes” he said to the journalists.