You can now read 5 articles in a month for free on BostonGlobe.com. Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

Sri Lankans seek information on missing

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Hundreds of people held candles and photographs of loved ones as they marched in Sri Lanka’s capital Friday demanding that authorities provide information about relatives reported missing during the country’s civil war.

The vigil, marking International Day of the Disappeared, coincided with a visit by Navi Pillay, the United Nations high commissioner for human rights, to assess the government’s progress in investigating wartime abuses.

Continue reading below

During the quarter-century civil war, which ended in 2009, an undetermined number of suspected rebels, journalists, and activists were abducted by ‘‘white van squads’’ allegedly operated by progovernment paramilitaries. Many were never seen again.

Many relatives say they also don’t know the whereabouts of family members who surrendered to the army at the war’s end.

Pillay is to report to the UN Human Rights Council on the status of the investigation into abuses allegedly committed by government troops and separatist Tamil Tiger rebels, including disappearances.

Separately Friday, hundreds of people protested outside the country’s UN office, urging Pillay to probe alleged atrocities by the rebels.

The European Union delegation in the country said in a prepared statement that it ‘‘encourages Sri Lanka to draw on the support of international partners who may be able to assist with this challenging task.’’

Loading comments...
Subscriber Log In

You have reached the limit of 5 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Already a subscriber?
Your city. Your stories. Your Globe.
Yours FREE for two weeks.
Enjoy free unlimited access to Globe.com for the next two weeks.
Limited time only - No credit card required!
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.
Thanks & Welcome to Globe.com
You now have unlimited access for the next two weeks.
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.