The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) and the Presidential Commission to Investigate into Complaints Regarding Missing Persons (PCICMP) have agreed to collaborate on the inquiries into the cases of missing and disappearances and share information in an effort to find a solution to the complaints regarding missing persons.
The Chairman of the PCICMP) Mr. Maxwell Paranagama and itís Secretary Mr. H.W. Gunadasa met the Chairman of Sri Lanka's Human Rights Commission (HRC), Retired Supreme Court Justice Mr. Priyantha Perera at the HRC office in Colombo on Thursday (09).
The meeting focused on the complaints received by the Commission. Mr. Paranagama described in detail, to the Chairman of the HRC, the methodology and procedures adopted by the Commission in implementing the mandate granted by President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Mr. Perera informed Mr. Paranagama that the HRC too has received considerable complaints from next of kin of missing persons. It was agreed that persons who have made complaints to the HRC may also have submitted complaints to the PCICMP.
Since the Establishment of the Missing Persons Commission on 15th August 2013, it has received in excess of 19,471 complaints inclusive of approximately 5,000 complaints from relatives of missing security forces personnel.
Chairmen of the HRC and 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.
The Missing Persons commission has been appointed by the President of Sri Lanka on 12th August 2013 as a part of the implementation of recommendations of the Commission on Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation (LLRC).