Hundreds of people held candles and photographs of loved ones as they marched in Sri Lanka’s capital Friday demanding authorities provide information about relatives who were reported missing during the country’s civil war.
The vigil, marking International Day of the Disappeared, coincided with a visit by United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay to assess the government’s progress in investigating wartime abuses.
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 pro-government paramilitaries. Many were never seen again.
Relatives say they also don’t know the whereabouts of family members who surrendered to the army at the end of the war. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.