Presidential commission probing disappearances to commence sittings on Jan 18

Disappearances 2   The Presidential Commission to probe alleged abduction and disappearances of persons resident in the Northern and Eastern Provinces during the period 1990-2009 will commence its first public sittings on the 18th of this month. The inaugural sitting of the Commission is scheduled to be held in Karachchi DS Division in Kilinochchi from January 18 to 21.

According to the website , the ICRC and the UNDP have expressed satisfaction over the manner in which the Commission is proceeding in terms of implementing its mandate.

All persons from this area who have submitted complaints to the Commission will be notified to appear for an independent investigation into their complaints. Public Sittings will be continued in all Granma Niladhari Divisions in the Northern and Eastern Provinces, LLRC National Action Plan website said. “The Commission to investigate alleged abductions or disappearances of persons resident in the Northern and Eastern Provinces during the period 1990-2009 will conduct its first Public Sittings from 18 – 21 January 2014 in the Karachchi DS Division in the Kilinochchi District. All  persons from this area who have submitted complaints to the Commission will be notified to appear for an independent investigation into their complaints. Public Sittings will be continued in all Granma Niladhari Divisions in the Northern and Eastern Provinces.  Meanwhile, the ICRC and the UNDP have expressed satisfaction over the manner in which the Commission is proceeding in terms of implementing its mandate.”

According to Commission records 6,014 civilians, have been reported missing in the north and east, while the rest are disappearances of army personnel who were stationed in the region during the war.

The Commission was appointed ahead of a crucial evaluation visit by United Nations Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay and is aimed at bolstering Sri Lanka’s human rights record ahead of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) sessions in March.

The Commission initially were to collect complaints till 30 November but extended the deadline till the year end due to the high number of requests. Sri Lanka has come under fire by the international community for failing to investigate war crimes allegations and cases of missing people.

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