Missing Persons’ Commission accepted around 19,500 complaints but reviewed just 2,000!

By Niranjala Ariyawansha

The report of the Presidential Commission to Investigate Complaints of Missing Persons, scheduled to be handed over to President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday, was put off for today, as the President was not available.
Chairman of the Commission, former High Court Judge, Parakrama Paranagama, said the report will be handed over to the President during the next few days.

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa appointed a three-member committee on 14 August 2013 to inquire into persons reported missing in specified areas, including the North and East of the island during the period 1990 to 2009. Paranagama said recommendations included in a report of a Presidential Commission are confidential, and cannot be revealed to media.


To date, the commission, in its visits to the Northern and Eastern Provinces had accepted around 19,500 complaints, it is learned. Paranagama put down around 5,500 complaints involved against the security forces. Paranagama said that, “only about 2,000 complaints have been reviewed so far.”
In the Northern and Eastern Provinces, the Commission had not visited the Ampara District, and was expecting to do so next month.

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