For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya
Monday, 24 January 2011
altWife of missing journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda today handed over a submission letter to the UN Panel of Experts detailing how her husband’s whereabouts are still unknown despite over a year since his abduction.
Mrs. Sandhya Ekneligoda handed over the submission letter to be sent to the Panel in New York to the UN Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka, Neil Buhne at the UN office in Colombo.
Along with her submissions to the Panel, Mrs. Ekneligoda also handed over a letter addressed to UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon urging him to intervene in Prageeth’s case and persuade the Sri Lankan government to provide details of his whereabouts or to conduct a credible inquiry into Prageeth’s disappearance.
In her letter to Ban Ki Moon, Mrs. Ekneligoda also said that her children had been traumatized by their father’s disappearance and still live in anticipation of his return, even though one year has passed with no information on his whereabouts.
In her submission to the UN Panel, Mrs. Ekneligoda states that she has lodged a complaint with President Mahinda Rajapakse, the police, the National Human Rights Commission, the Attorney General, the United Nations Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances and the International Committee of the Red Cross in Colombo.
In addition, she states that two writ applications – Habeas Corpus to present Prageeth to the courts and Mandamus to order the police to conduct all inquiries and investigations and report them to court was filed by the lawyer for Mrs. Ekneligoda and her two children.
Prageeth Ekneligoda was allegedly abducted on January 24, 2010 by a group if unidentified persons while on his way home from work. Prageeth has not been seen or heard from since then.