Aug 31, 2018

Interim report about the missing on Sept. 05 Featured

The office of missing persons says it will handover an interim report to the president on September 05.

According to OMP chairman Saliya Peiris, the report will recommend granting an allowance to families of missing persons and expediting investigations into the disappearances.

He was speaking at a function at J.R. Jayewardene Centre in Colombo yesterday (30) to mark international day of victims of enforced disappearances.

Present on the event were relatives of missing persons, including members of the armed forces, and civil society activists.

Peiris said further that paying an interim allowance until investigations are completed and other economic relief would be recommended.

He said finding the truth and the right to receive justice should not be negated.

Intimidation of victims and witnesses should stop

Also, intimidation of victims and witnesses should stop, the OMP chairman said, adding that the state has to assist the victims at courts of law.

He said the report would recommend obtaining technical assistance to identify skeletal and body remains found from mass graves.

Peiris added that the country should remember the missing persons, irrespective of who was responsible for the disappearances.

The OMP does not have any official statistics about the missing, by the Paranagama commission set up during the previous regime received 21,000 complaints of disappearances from both the north and the south.

Before yesterday’s function began, a march participated by families of missing persons took place.

The participants hoped the OMP would grant them adequate relief.

Convener of their association Britto Fernando said the recommendations mentioned by the OMP chairman were not enough, as they were the same ones that had been mentioned in previous commissions.

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