Office of Missing Persons is necessary: JVP

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A fully local permanent office was needed to provide redress to the relatives of missing persons, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) said yesterday.

JVP MP Bimal Ratnayake, speaking during the debate on the Office of Missing Persons Act, in Parliament, said such an office was needed to mete out justice to the relatives of those who had gone missing during the past few decades.

“There was unrest in the country in 1971, 1983, 1987-89 and 2009 to 2015, when a large number of politicians, artistes, journalists and civilians were killed or went missing, and no proper investigations were made regarding them. The commission appointed to look into the incidents of 1987 to 1989 had received information of 33,000 who had been killed and disappeared. A similar situation had taken place in the North. Therefore justice has to be done by the people in the North and the South,” he said, emphasising that a permanent office of missing persons was necessary to mete out justice to everyone.

He said even the family members of JVP founder Rohana Wijeweera had not seen his dead body. He said the only known fact about Wijeweera was that he had made a public speech after his arrest.
However, Mr. Ratnayake suggested some amendments to the legislation -- such as that the power which the missing person’s office had to sign MoUs with local and foreign bodies should be taken away.

He also suggested that the power which the office enjoyed to generate funds should be amended.
These two changes, he said, would make the office truly local. (Yohan Perera and Kelum Bandara)

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  • Asitha de Mel Friday, 12 August 2016 02:14 PM

    Of course, you guys should support this because lots of people went missing during your riot period. My cousin who was an Engineering student (1989) in Moratuwa campus went missing and his body was never found.

    REALPATRIAT Friday, 12 August 2016 03:09 PM

    IT IS THE NEED OF THE HOUR FOR THE COUNTRY. via DM Android App

    Nish Friday, 12 August 2016 11:41 AM

    ha ha both USA and JVP commending the bill.

    Gayan Friday, 12 August 2016 11:41 AM

    Anyone who provide infor to the commission true or not cannot be challenged in courts as per the bill. This is undemocratic and unjust. Why no ammendments made to this point?.

    Liberal One Friday, 12 August 2016 11:42 AM

    No surprises there. This is the government appointed opposition which only has 6 seats who are at the mercy of the government not to amend the electoral system. A new electoral system means JVP will be completely wiped out.

    kamal Saturday, 13 August 2016 08:58 AM

    Hah haa...if no JVP there no free education, no free health, if that is people's wishes. Be it.

    Liberal One Friday, 12 August 2016 12:31 PM

    and anyone who criticizes a decision of the commission can be tried in courts. A violation of most basic rights of citizen.

    Ali Baba Friday, 12 August 2016 12:46 PM

    How about the people missing during 88 -89 because of JVP. I think we have to make the current leaders of JVP accountable

    shyamalee Friday, 12 August 2016 01:16 PM

    I hope it will helps to investigate the people missing since 1989

    ANTON Friday, 12 August 2016 01:41 PM

    HAAAAA...... NOW WE CAN FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENED TO KING SRI VICKRAMA RAJASINGHE.


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