MissingThe Presidential Commission Investigating Cases of Missing Persons in Sri Lanka will conduct public sittings to hear cases of missing in Vavuniya District from 14th to the 17th of December 2014.

Sittings will be held at the Cheddikulam Divisional Secretariat on the 14th and 15th December and in Vavuniya Divisional Secretariat on the 16th and 17th December.

Persons who have been officially invited by the Commission are requested to attend sittings on those days.

Any persons/ persons / organizations within the Divisional Secretariats of Cheddikulam and Vavuniya are invited to submit their complaints to the Commission on the scheduled days and venues. New complainants would be registered and notified of a date to make oral representation before the Commission, the Commission said.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa appointed a Japanese expert and a former international judge Motoo Noguchi as the sixth foreign adviser to the Missing Persons Commission last month. Noguchi is a former International Judge of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, and the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Trust Fund for Victims of the International Criminal Court.

Five experts from Western and Asian countries were appointed to the Advisory Council of the Commission  in July 2014 to advise the Commission on matters pertaining to its work. They are Sir Desmond de Silva of UK (Chairman), Sir Geoffrey Nice (UK), Prof. David Crane (USA), Mr. Avdhash Kaushal (India) and Mr. Ahmer Bilal Soofi (Pakistan).

The Missing Persons Commission has conducted eight public sittings thus far and received 19,761 complaints including over 5,000 from the relatives of the security forces. It has inquired into 1,271 complaints.

Since the Establishment of the Commission on 15th August 2013, the Commission up to date has received in excess of 19,671 complaints inclusive of approximately 5,000 complaints from relatives of missing security forces personnel.

The Commission says it has held regular meetings with the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and has obtained their views and experiences gained in other parts of the world particularly on matters relating to missing persons at the end of a conflict.


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