The Sunday Leader

Commission Did Not Get Any Details

The Presidential Commission appointed to investigate complaints regarding missing persons noted that the commission through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, had requested information on names of persons who may have sought refuge in foreign countries, but such information had not been disclosed by foreign governments citing privacy laws.

The Commission added that the interim report presented the President recently contains allegations by parents of missing persons that their children continue to be kept in prisons, refugee camps, and detention centers without any information made available to their families.

The Commission had made written requests to the Ministry of Defense and Ministry of Justice to release names of persons who were in custody of prisons, detention camps, refugee camps, and rehabilitation centers to the Commission.

“While noting with regret that such requests had not been complied with, the Commission decided to notice the respective officers to appear before the Commission in terms of the powers vested in the Commission by the Special Presidential Commission of Inquiry Act,” the Commission stated.

In the interim report submitted to the President, the Commission has reported cases of forced disappearances and abductions alleged to have been committed by officers of the security forces, according to oral submissions made by relatives of missing persons, which require to be referred to the Attorney General for judicial action.

“Grave incidents requiring in-depth investigation have also been reported based on oral submissions made at public sittings. These include the Sathurukondan and Eastern University Massacres of 1990. Massacre of 600 Policemen in 1990, in Ampara and Massacre of Muslim civilians in Kurukalmadam. The Commission has recommended that these allegations be further investigated by a special investigating team to gather credible evidence against person/s responsible in order to institute criminal proceedings according to domestic laws,” the commission reported.

In its Interim Report, the Commission has specified by way of charts and graphs the nature of complaints received in terms of ethnicity, age and gender of the missing person, year and district, and the allegedly responsible party. The Presidential Commission to inquire into and report on alleged abductions or disappearances that occurred during the period January 1, 1983 to May 19, 2009 submitted its Interim Report to the President on April 10, 2015.

1 Comment for “Commission Did Not Get Any Details”

  1. Malin

    If the Commission cannot get information of missing people from the foreign countries, one way to find out is to have a close tab of foreign remittances received by the kith & kins in Sri Lanka from their foreign relatives to obtain the senders informations and tally with the missing persons ‘list.

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