In a message on the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, the United Nations in Sri Lanka says it stands in solidarity with the families of victims of enforced disappearance from all communities across Sri Lanka.

“The families and friends of the victims experience the slow mental anguish of not knowing the fate of their loved ones. They alternate between hope and despair, wondering and waiting, sometimes for years, for news that may never come. Therefore, it is vital that those who work in aid of seeking redress for victims continue their important work,” , Resident Coordinator, UN in Sri Lanka Hanaa Singer said.

“We recognise that it is women who are most often at the forefront of the struggle to resolve the disappearance of family members, therefore their well-being needs to be prioritised as they face numerous social and economic consequences. The security and safety of families of victims, human rights defenders, witnesses and legal counsel dealing with cases of enforced disappearance need to be safeguarded,” the message said.