October 27 is observed in Sri Lanka as the Day of the Disappeared, when relatives and friends of the disappeared remember their loved ones and call for truth and justice. There have been at least 80,000 cases of enforced disappearances in Sri Lanka over the past 30 years.
Amnesty International groups around the world have been demonstrating in solidarity with the friends and relatives of the disappeared in Sri Lanka over the past several weeks. Some photos of those solidarity actions can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJKZa7oDQmA&feature=youtu.be More photos of solidarity actions done by AI groups can be found at https://www.facebook.com/groups/77074635160/ Please share the photos as widely as possible.
Amnesty International has also produced a two-page document in connection with today’s observance, welcoming the Sri Lankan government’s recent decision to ratify the Convention Against Enforced Disappearances and calling on the government to consult with victims and their families. Attached are a web-friendly and a printable version of the document. Please share them widely as well.
For more information on Amnesty’s concerns in Sri Lanka, please visit www.amnestyusa.org/srilanka