Wednesday, November 18, 2015

MRS ANANDHEE SASITHARAN INTRO: The violation of the human rights of the Tamil people in the North and East of Sri Lanka continues on a daily basis without any respite for the victims. One of the people with a first hand experience of this oppression and suppresion is Mrs Anandhee Sasitharan, 45, of Jaffna. Mrs Sasitharan's husband, Mr Ezhilanaru Sasitharan, is still missing after surrendering to the Sri Lankan army in 2009. One of her younger brothers, aged 19, also went missing in 2003 and a sister, who was politically active, was killed. She was one of the delegates who attended the two-day conference on peace and justice for Sri Lankan Tamils in Durban on November 6 and 7. The conference was organised by the South African-based Solidarity Group for Peace and Justice(SGPJ) with the full blessing of the South African Government. More than 30 stakeholders, representing a number of organisations in Sri Lanka and the Diaspora, attended the conference. I interviewed Mrs Sasitharan after she gave an emotional speech at the conference about her situation and thousands of others whose husbands and other family members had gone missing after surrendering to the Sri Lankan army at the end of the war in 2009. This report by Subry Govender in South Africa...... .

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