Commissioners appointed to OMP

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President Maithripala Sirisena handed over the appointment letters to the commissioners of the Office of Missing Persons (OMP) at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday, Government Information Department said.

Mr. Saliya Pieris, PC was appointed as the Chairman of the Commission while Ms Jayatheepa Punniyamoorthy, Major General (Rtd.) Mohanti Antonette Peiris, Dr Sriyani Nimalka Fernando, Mr Mirak Raheem, Mr Somasiri K Liyanage and Mr Kanapathipillai Venthan were appointed as the members of commission for a 3-year period.

The OMP law was passed in Parliament in Aug 2016 and will now be operational.
The Budget for 2018 also made an allocation of Rs 1.3bn to establish the OMP.

The Commissioners were selected in an open and competitive process conducted by the Constitutional Council (CC) of Sri Lanka and were nominated by them for appointment to the President.

The OMP will be an independent body reporting to Sri Lanka’s Parliament and is expected to bring a degree of closure to surviving family members of Sri Lanka’s internal conflicts and will set the stage for sustainable reparations for victims and their families.

  Comments - 11

  • Sankalpa Thursday, 01 March 2018 12:22 PM

    As it happens all over the world the best way forward is to compensate the genuine victims and shut the mouths of bogus politicos

    Lankan Thursday, 01 March 2018 07:34 PM

    It was a dirty war affected all communities, both parties did something not fall within the rule of convectional war. The best thing is to setup a truth and reconciliation commission and bring everything out, not punish anyone who came and told everything to the commission and move on. It will give the affected parties some sort of consolation!

    BuffaloaCitizen Thursday, 01 March 2018 01:25 PM

    Does the international community need to squeeze the "balls" of this nation to move forward on issues that are essential to the citizens of this nation?

    saman Thursday, 01 March 2018 01:49 PM

    Sirisena has to satisfy the West! They put him in charge of SL to run their agenda!

    Ceylon Thursday, 01 March 2018 05:30 PM

    Right and wrong is human rule not west or east.government must run by civilise rules not animals rules.thats good other human supporting inhuman leades made destructions to citizens,sinhalese over 100,000,tamils over 100,000 killed by lankan killer leaders.punish them.

    chandra Thursday, 01 March 2018 04:00 PM

    Geneva UNHRC meeting started, Here OMP started. Thanks to cheating us as well as International Community.

    LANKAN Thursday, 01 March 2018 05:10 PM

    nothing will come out of it, what happened to the Paranagama presidential commission appointed by the previous government?

    Senaka Thursday, 01 March 2018 07:07 PM

    RW and MS are experts when it comes to appointing Commissions with little or no positive outcome ever coming from them.

    Ronnie Bugger Thursday, 01 March 2018 08:54 PM

    This thing called OMP was passed in August 2016 - How many times did the President visit the North on goodwill missions since then? Now the Government apparently has fast tracked this thing by selecting ' ahindas' after the Al Jazeera exposureinto the reality of the ground situation in the North. The OMP is just an eye wash despite the amount of money set aside for it.

    yaka mahathaya Thursday, 01 March 2018 09:06 PM

    hoodwinking the public as well as the world stage.. with the UN sessions within striking distance he is trying to show them all that OMP is active and moving forward.

    Ajja Friday, 02 March 2018 01:05 PM

    seenibola Talks by HE.. but we saw real development in the village under the previous regime.Get ready we will judge your performance in the coming years.

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