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Sri Lankan President orders appointment of commission to probe disappearances

2013 Jul 26

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has directed Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga to appoint a commission to look into the incidents of disappearance that have taken place during the 30 years of conflict, the President's media unit said.

The decision with regard to the terms of reference and members of the commission will be taken soon, President's spokesman Mohan Samaranayake said.

Announcing the President's order the President's media unit said his move to appoint such a commission is a clear indication of his unwavering commitment to ensure that human rights are well protected in the country.

"The President who pioneered in his early political career the interests of disappeared persons is keen to appoint the new commission as he identifies with the plight of the kith and kin of the disappeared," it said.

In March this year Sri Lanka told the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Regular Session Human in Geneva that it considers all allegations of disappearances seriously and has taken multiple initiatives to address these allegations. The government said it has established an inter-agency working group comprising representatives of the ministries of Defence and External Affairs, and the Attorney General's Office to clarify cases of alleged disappearances brought to its attention by the working group and to take necessary follow-up actions. President Rajapaksa appointed the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) in May 2010 to investigate alleged human rights violations during the conflict.

The Commission while stressing that Sri Lanka's military has not deliberately targeted civilians recommended in its report that the government should appoint a special commissioner to look into the alleged disappearances and provide material to the Attorney General's Department to initiate criminal proceedings as appropriate.

The commission has stressed that LTTE terrorists repeatedly violated Human Rights without any respect for human lives, and commended the Security Forces' mission to protect the lives of civilians during the conflict.

According to the government almost all recommendations of the LLRC has already been implemented.

All people in the North and East displaced by terrorist atrocities were resettled in their original habitats while 99 percent of former LTTE cadres have been rehabilitated and reintegrated into society. They have been provided vocational training and necessary tools along with monetary assistance to start their own projects.

Over 9,000 persons whose family members were killed at the hands of the LTTE have been provided compensation by the government.

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