Disappearances and extra judicial killings have become routine in Sri Lanka. Over the last twelve months more than 1000 civilians, mostly Tamils, have disappeared. Most of these enforced disappearances are extortion related abductions and now it has become a part of Sri Lanka’s war industry. Activists fear that the actual numbers of abductions are higher than reported since many have negotiated on their own and got themselves released after paying handsome ransoms.

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