The next sittings of the Presidential Commission inquiring into complaints on Missing Persons commences today (Aug. 8).
The sixth round of public sittings inquiring into allegations of missing persons will be held in the Mannar District from today until the 11th.
According to the Presidential Commission, evidence will be recorded at the Manthai West Divisional Secretariat in Mannar today and the tomorrow. Sittings will be held at the Mannar Divisional Secretariat on the 10th while recording of evidence at the Madhu Divisional Secretariat is scheduled for the 11th. A total of 47 Grama Niladhari Divisions will be covered during these pubic sittings.
To date, the Commission has received 19,284 complaints, inclusive of approximately 5,000 from relatives of missing security forces personnel. The Commission has thus far inquired into 786 complaints, which are being analyzed for further investigations through an independent investigation team.
The Commission had previously conducted public sittings in January, February, March, June and July of this year in Killinochchi, Jaffna, Batticaloa and Mullaitivu Districts.
Meanwhile, the term of the Presidential Commission investigating alleged disappearances of persons in the Northern and Eastern Provinces has been extended to February 15, 2015. The three-member Presidential Commission to Investigate into Complaints Regarding Missing Persons chaired by Attorney Maxwell Parakrama Paranagama was appointed by the President in August 2013. The Commission has been given the authority to conduct inquiries and investigations into complaints of missing persons, and submit a report to the President.
In July of this year, President Rajapaksa broadened the scope of the mandate of the Presidential Commission and appointed a three-member Advisory Council to advise the Commission.