"To us all towns are one, all men our kin.
Life's good comes not from others' gift, nor ill
Man's pains and pains' relief are from within.
Thus have we seen in visions of the wise !."

- Tamil Poem in Purananuru, circa 500 B.C 


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Sri Lanka's Genocidal War - '95 to '01

'Disappearing' Jaffna...

The British Refugee Council publication, Sri Lanka Monitor reported in March 1997:

"Killings and disappearances in the Jaffna peninsula are creating deep concern among human rights agencies. The Colombo-based Centre for Human Dignity says it has recorded 676 disappearances in Jaffna in 1996. The figure, the centre says includes 271 government officers and 26 students. Twenty two of the disappeared were between the ages of 41 and 61.

Reports from Jaffna say as clashes continue, arrest and detention of at least ten youths a day are taking place mainly in Jaffna town, Kokuvil, Manipai and Chavakachcheri areas. Relatives say the Army denies arrests and no action is being taken despite President Chandrika Kumaratunge’s assurance that disappearances will be investigated. According to a report by the Government Agent (GA), only 31 out of the 676 people have been traced in Army custody.

In a habeas corpus application Selvaratnam Saraswathy says the whereabouts of her 22 year-old son Arunthavarajah arrestedby the Army on 17 June at Kondavil is unknown. Manjula Thurairajah, 23, taken into Army custody from her home in Kondavil in late February has since disappeared. The Army shot dead traders Krishnan Perampalam and Nagamuthu Rajendran on 1 March at Sangarathai in Vaddukottai...


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