Sri Lanka

A further report on abductions followed by murder

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Dinesh Buddhika Charitanda (25), was abducted on the 3rd January at night and on the morning of the 4th his body was found near the Keleni river close to Grand Pass and his mother identified the body. He had injuries to his head. This is one more of the abductions followed by murder that had been happening throughout the country.

A week earlier, the body of a fish vender who had been abducted by an unknown group was found dead in the same manner at Mutuwal Colombo.

Yesterday we reported the abduction and murder of Mohammad Nistar. In recent weeks we have reported several other abductions and the discovery of bodies indicated murder.

Despite of the reports on such ongoing abductions and murders the government has taken no action at all to ensure the ending such crimes. There is a commonly held belief that these abductions and murders are taking place with the direct or indirect knowledge of the police and often also with the tacit approval of political authorities.

The Asian Human Rights Commission once again urges the government as well as the United Nations Human Rights agencies to take an active interest to investigate these abductions and murders and the media and the people should call for a greater protection for the people by effective law enforcement by the government.

Asian Human Rights Commission
About AHRC: The Asian Human Rights Commission is a regional non-governmental organisation monitoring and lobbying human rights issues in Asia. The Hong Kong-based group was founded in 1984