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Sri Lanka: Commission to collaborate on cases of missing persons

Graphic: Chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka, Justice Priyantha Perera

The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka and the Presidential Commission Investigating Cases of Missing Persons collaborate on missing persons cases.


The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) and the Presidential Commission Investigating Cases of Missing Persons (PCICMP) have agreed to share information and collaborate on inquiries into complaints regarding missing persons.

The Chairperson of the PCICMP Mr. Maxwell Paranagama and PCICMP Secretary Mr. H.W. Gunadasa met with the Chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) Justice Priyantha Perera on Thursday 9 October 2014

The meeting focused on the complaints received by the PCICMP. Mr. Paranagama described in detail the methodology and procedures adopted by the PCICMP in implementing its mandate.

Justice Perera noted that the HRCSL had also received considerable complaints from the next of kin of missing persons. It was agreed that persons who have made complaints to the HRCSL may also have submitted complaints to the PCICMP.

Since its establishment on 15 August 2013, the PCICMP has received more than 19,450 complaints, including approximately 5,000 complaints from the relatives of missing security forces personnel.

The HRCSL and the PCICMP agreed to share the information they have in their possession from relatives of missing persons and work together in an effort to find a solution to the complaints regarding missing persons.

This PCICMP was established as a part of the implementation of recommendations from the Commission on Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation.

Date: 11 October 2014

Source: ColomboPage


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  1. Chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka, Justice Priyantha Perera - Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka