Interim report on missing persons this week

Interim report on missing persons this week

March 16, 2015   02:04 pm

The Presidential Commission to Investigate into Complaints Regarding Missing Persons is to hand in an interim report to the President Maithripala Sirisena on Wednesday, the President Media Unit said in a statement. 

The Secretary to the Commission, H. W. Gunadasa has said According to the official, the report has already been finalized and it will be handed to the President on the 18th of this month.

The Commission has recorded statements from witnesses regarding 303 cases of disappearance during the first week of this month. The Commission has received 471 complaints.

The Commission earlier this month concluded the public hearing of the cases in the Trincomalee District of Eastern Province.

During the public sittings in Trincomalee District from 28th February to 3rd March, the Commission interviewed 303 complaints.

Out of the 294 complainants invited by the Commission, 128 attended the hearings. The Commission also interviewed 175 new complainants while during its 4-day hearings 474 new complaints were registered.

Since the Establishment of the Commission on 15th August 2013, the Commission up to date has received in excess of 20,106 complaints inclusive of approximately 5,000 complaints from relatives of missing security forces personnel.

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