Sri Lankan security forces kill 20,000 prisoners

The 20,000 people who went missing during the civil war in Sri Lanka have actually been killed. The president of the island, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, acknowledged this for the first time. He acknowledged this at a meeting with the UN ambassador. The BBC’s report said the information was contained in a circular sent from the president’s office. The president’s office said on Tuesday that the government was working to issue a death certificate to the families of the deceased. Under Sri Lankan law, his family members will no longer receive the property, bank account or other assets of a missing relative without a certificate. Their relatives have been agitating for a long time in search of missing persons. Many feel that their relatives are still alive today. Many claim they are detained in the hands of security forces. The government has repeatedly denied the allegations.

The meeting was held by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa with UN Resident Coordinator Hanna Singer. The statement said the majority of the missing persons were recruited by the country’s armed group Liberation of Tamil Tigers Elm (LTTE). A statement from the president’s office says the president has stated his plan to address the missing persons. He said the missing persons were in fact dead. The Sri Lankan army defeated the rebel Tamil Tigers in May 2009 after a bloody civil war that lasted 26 years.

In this Monday, April 6, 2015, file photo, Sri Lankan ethnic Tamil women sit holding placards with portraits of their missing relatives as they protest outside a railway station in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan president has told a U.N official that tens of thousands of people reported missing in the country’s civil war will now be treated as dead and a death certificate will be issued to the respective families. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

The Tamil rebels started the war to establish a separate state. But the majority of the country’s Sinhalese Buddhist-backed government was eventually able to suppress them. An estimated 100,000 people were killed in the war and nearly 20,000 went missing. Most of these missing people are Tamil. At the end of the war, the current president, Gotabaya, was Sri Lanka’s defense minister. He played a vital role in ending the uprising. After the war, the United Nations accused both sides of the atrocities; Especially in the final stages of the war. There is a lot of talk that when the Tamil forces were trying to surrender, they were killed or later taken into custody. The Sri Lankan government has denied the allegations despite enough video evidence to support the murder.

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