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7 January 2020 04:07 am - 3     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The government has decided to review the Office of Missing Persons (OMP) Act enacted by Parliament during the former regime, an official said.

The Act was brought in as part of the previous government’s commitment to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in terms of resolution 30/1. It provided for the establishment of the Office of Missing Persons as part of that government’s reconciliation process. Resolution 30/1 envisaged the setting up of such a mechanism to trace the fate of persons who went missing, particularly during war time, to maintain a database of them.

The rulers of the incumbent government -- who were in the opposition at that time -- were then opposed to the Act saying it would be a step in the direction of pressing war crime charges against the military.

An official attached to the Justice Ministry said a preliminary discussion was held on the Act and that the government would review it and decide what needed to be done.

“It is too early to say whether it would be repealed or not. We have to review it properly and then decide,” he said. (Kelum Bandara)

  Comments - 3

  • cheers Tuesday, 07 January 2020 09:36 AM

    so the justice ministry when Yahapalanya tabled this review it properly as per the comment made here by justice ministry official. This shows under yahapalanaya the judiciary has been corrupt and so the democracy what a shame

    Sokrates Tuesday, 07 January 2020 10:19 AM

    This is an illegal act, because Sri Lanka signed an binding agreement with the UN. Furthermore it is racist because a minority is deprived of their rights. Hopefully the UN will punish Sri Lanka with harsh sanctions. It shows very well that Gota is a liar because he has no interest to take care of the minorities.

    BuffaloaCitizen Tuesday, 07 January 2020 12:44 PM

    If this Act is removed, it is a full confirmation that State Entities were involved in Criminal Acts of humanity and the present Leaders wish to support such dastardly cowardly shameless individuals.

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