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Office on Missing Persons interim report handed over to President, PM

Published Sep 06, 2018
Updated Jan 18, 2021

The Office on Missing Persons (OMP) handed its interim report containing interim recommendations to the President Maithripala Sirisena and the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at the Parliament today. The Chairman of the Office on Missing Persons President’s Counsel Saliya Peiris handed over the report to the President. The interim report has been prepared following the investigations carried out for six and it contains recommendations for interim relief as well as securing truth, justice and memorialization. The Office on Missing Persons has officially ‘commenced duties following the appointment of the Chairperson and members by President Maithripala Sirisena on 28th February 2018.

It is the responsibility of the government to bring closure to suffering victims and their relatives. In this context, the government of Sri Lanka has established an Office on Missing Persons (OMP). Sri Lanka has seen decades of conflict and political instability, in which thousands of people have disappeared. Although several Commissions of Inquiry have been set up, there remain a large number of families across the country who are unaware of the fate of their loved ones. Estimates on the number of missing persons range upwards from 16,000. The establishment of the OMP and its mechanisms involves research into the mechanisms used successfully by the organisations around the world, and by previous Commissions in Sri Lanka. The OMP has carried out extensive interviews and surveys thus has been able to come up with an interim report that is now presented to the President and this was one of the issues that had been emphasized in the Sri Lanka report by the UNHCR.