OMP is eyewash – relatives of missing persons OMP is eyewash – relatives of missing persons
Jun 03, 2018

Relatives of missing persons boycott OMP; want int’l inquiry Featured

People of missing persons in Mullaitivu say they do not trust the Missing Persons Office.

Engaged in a 450-day protest, they boycotted a meeting of the OMP yesterday (02), and instead held a demonstration in front of the Mullaitivu district secretariat.

They demanded an inquiry with international intervention into the people who had gone missing in the north during the war.

The protestors said none of the government commissions appointed so far have done justice for missing persons.

Spokesperson for their association Mariyasuresh Easwary questioned the intentions of the OMP and described it as eyewash to deceive the international community.

The government has been saying no disappearances had taken place, and at the same time opened a missing persons office, she charged.

According to her, most of the missing were unaccounted for after they had been handed over to the Army.

She said they could have some confidence in the government intentions if it opens an office to release their loved ones.

Promise for justice

The protestors also refused to accept the death certificates being issued for the missing.

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OMP chairman Saliya Peiris

Meeting them, members of the OMP led by its chairman, president’s counsel Saliya Peiris promised justice, reports.