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President Maithripala Sirisena said that he has signed the Office of Missing Persons (OMP) Act today.

“I signed the Office of Missing Persons Act today. This marks another step forward in Sri Lanka's path to sustained peace,” the President tweeted.

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake at a news conference today said the President had signed the Act earlier in the day and that the Chairman of the Office would be chosen from the recommendations made by the Constitutional Council.

“The Office of Missing Persons will not only look at the civil war but also the periods of JVP insurrection,” he said.

Karunanayake also stated the Office will come under the purview of the President himself and pointed out that it was just a step in the process of transitional justice followed by the government.

“The general impression of the office is that it was set up to take action against the armed forces. This is a very open and independent commission and those in the armed forces who have done nothing wrong have nothing to worry about,” the minister said.

Speaking of reparation, the Minister said a new Bill would be brought before parliament in the near future and that funds for the process had already been allocated.

The reparation process will bring those displaced by the war to their places of origin. “It is a reconstruction and restoration process,” Minister Karunanayake said.(Nabeela Hussain)

 

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  • lanka Thursday, 20 July 2017 05:49 PM

    Another step to take the country towards modern civilization.

    Kale Friday, 21 July 2017 07:15 AM

    Don't worry there are plenty trying to drag it backwards.

    Jay Friday, 21 July 2017 07:09 AM

    Slow, but good news .

    Missaka Friday, 21 July 2017 07:53 AM

    Whilst western countries including UK trying to bring in new laws to protect Forces personnel who fight against terrorism, our country try becoming cleaner by put them into trouble.

    ANTON Friday, 21 July 2017 08:20 AM

    ANEY .. SIR ...... DON'T YOU LIKE DO SOMETHING FOR EXISTING PERSONS ???

    ANTON Friday, 21 July 2017 08:20 AM

    ANEY .. SIR ...... DON'T YOU LIKE DO SOMETHING FOR EXISTING PERSONS ???

    BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 21 July 2017 08:40 AM

    Well done President. What is correct to the people and its nation needs to be done. We should not listen to petty politics, criminals who committed humanitarian crimes and their supporters.

    BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 21 July 2017 08:40 AM

    Well done President. What is correct to the people and its nation needs to be done. We should not listen to petty politics, criminals who committed humanitarian crimes and their supporters.

    BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 21 July 2017 08:40 AM

    Well done President. What is correct to the people and its nation needs to be done. We should not listen to petty politics, criminals who committed humanitarian crimes and their supporters.

    BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 21 July 2017 08:40 AM

    Well done President. What is correct to the people and its nation needs to be done. We should not listen to petty politics, criminals who committed humanitarian crimes and their supporters.

    JAN Friday, 21 July 2017 08:59 AM

    Civilized Act Implemented lets wait and see its results near future via DM Android App

    yahiya Friday, 21 July 2017 09:12 AM

    First milestone in the history of human rights. Best wishes.

    Royce Friday, 21 July 2017 09:35 AM

    I saw it like 'President signs Off office' Made me happy for a Second.

    Piripaharan Friday, 21 July 2017 03:52 PM

    Excellent Prez. It's our time to shine!

    ceylon Friday, 21 July 2017 10:01 PM

    at least people know now he can sign.now sign the death sentencess aproved by high courts for 1000 plus killers. via DM Android App

    S.P.RAMKUMAR Friday, 21 July 2017 11:45 PM

    Sir Missing persons ?????????????, if you not win presidential election you also may be the missed person. Birth and death are decided by god, but missed are being decided by a human.

    Hautaum Friday, 21 July 2017 11:51 PM

    Signing Act does not make anything but it needs to be properly implemented what happen missing personals.

    Gayan Saturday, 22 July 2017 01:13 AM

    First case should be Batalanda.

    Booruwa Saturday, 22 July 2017 02:41 AM

    Hoo-ray! Another burning issue of the country is solved! The Dengue mosquitoes are also demanding for a existing species protection act.

    anonymous Saturday, 22 July 2017 04:31 AM

    another milestone of OHCHR resolution 30/1. If this regime and previous regime want to avoid ICC in Hague, better find long lasting solution.


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