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Over 2300 reported missing

2013 Nov 07

Over 2300 people have been reported missing in the North, according to data handed over to the Presidential commission investigating alleged disappearances.

A civil society organisation in Mannar handed over to the data to the commission after conducting research on those reported missing in the North.

The report states that in the Jaffna District 904 people are still missing while in Kilinochchi the number of missing stands at 610, Vavuniya 181, Mannar 138 and Mullaitivu 468 people.

Former Judge Maxwell Parakrama Paranagama is heading the commission appointed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa to investigate cases of persons from the Northern and Eastern Provinces who went missing during the war.

Others in the 3 member committee are Madam Dimingu Badathuruge, Priyanthi Suranjana Vidyaratne and Madam Mano Ramanathan.

The Commission, which was appointed in August, has been given the authority to conduct inquiries and investigations necessary, and submit a report to the President within six months. In President Rajapaksa’s instructions to the Commission, he stressed the necessity to identify the person(s) responsible in cases where abductions or disappearances are found to have taken place and to take legal action against those person(s).

The President indicated that the inquiries are being conducted in the interest of public security and wellbeing and in order to determine what measures should be taken to prevent such incidents from occurring in the future. (Colombo Gazette)

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