Probe on missing begins in Mullaitivu

178663731_v2The Missing Persons Commission chaired by retired judge Maxwell Paranagama, began another round of sittings in the Mullaitivu District today.

Several people came forward to lodge complaints and have their statements recorded before the Commission when it held public sittings at the Maritimepattu Divisional Secretariat.

The Commission will hold public sittings in the Mullaitivu District from today till Wednesday at Maritimepattu and Oddusuddan.

Since the establishment of the Commission on 15th August 2013, the Commission has received in excess of 19,595 complaints inclusive of approximately 5000 complaints from relatives of missing security forces personnel.

The Commission has held public sittings during the months from January to October 2014 in Killinochchi, Jaffna, Batticaloa, Mullaitivu and Mannar. During these sittings, the Commission has heard oral evidence from 1099 complainants. The recorded statements of these complainants are being analysed for further investigations through an independent investigative team.

The Commission has also held regular meetings with the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and have obtained their views and experiences gained in other parts of the world particularly on matters relating to missing persons at the end of a conflict.

Last Thursday the Commission held meetings with officials from the Australian High Commission in Colombo and the Center for Policy Alternatives (CPA). (Colombo Gazette)