The Presidential Commission to investigate cases of persons from the Northern and Eastern Provinces who went missing during the period 1990 – 2009 commence its public sittings in the Jaffna District in northern Sri Lanka, today (14).
The public hearings will take place from Feb. 14 – 17, 2014, in the towns of Chavakachcheri, Kopay and Jaffna.
The members of the Commission have already visited the district to meet with district officials, including the District Secretary, relevant divisional secretaries and Grama Niladharis in Jaffna in order to make preliminary arrangements, Secretary of the Commission Mr. H.W. Gunadasa has said.
The Commission held its first public sittings in the Kilinochchi District in the Northern Province from January 18 – 21, 2014, where it heard complaints from 440 people.
The Commission has received a total of approximately 13,700 complaints from all parts of the country. Of those complaints, approximately 9,300 are of civilian disappearances while 4,300 are of disappearances of security personnel.
The three-member Commission, comprising Mr. Maxwell Parakrama Paranagama (Chairman), Mrs. Dimingu Badathuruge Priyanthi Suranjana Vidyaratne and Mrs. Mano Ramanathan, has been given the authority to conduct inquiries and investigations necessary, and submit a report to the President within six months.