Sri Lankans protest over two missing activists



Colombo: Hundreds of protesters have marched in Sri Lanka's capital to demand information on two human rights activists who went missing one year ago while working in a former war zone.

The two activists went missing last year as they were organizing a news conference for their organisation, Movement for People's Struggle, in Sri Lanka's northern Jaffna district to mark international human rights day, which falls on December 10.

Their colleagues accuse the military of abducting them, but the military denies the allegation. The protesters on Monday displayed photos of 29-year-old Lalith Kumar Weeraraju and 34-year-old Kugan Muruganandan.

Even though Sri Lanka's 25-year civil war ended in 2009, there are lingering political tensions. Both government troops and ethnic Tamil rebels were accused of serious rights violations during the conflict.

PTI