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Over 120 make submissions in East

2014 Mar 24

Over 120 people made submissions to the Presidential Commission on the disappeared, which concluded its first public sitting in the East yesterday, the President’s office said today.

The Presidential Commission to investigate cases of alleged disappearances of persons in the Northern and Eastern Provinces during the period 1990 – 2009 concluded its first public sitting in the East yesterday with 129 people from Chenkallady, Vakarai and Batticaloa making submissions.

Secretary to the Commission H.W. Gunadasa meanwhile said that investigations into the complaints have been launched.

The Commission held its first public sittings in the Northern Province from January 18–21, 2014 in Kilinochchi, where it heard complaints from 440 people. Another 984 people made submissions from Feb. 14–17, 2014, when the Commission conducted its sittings in the Jaffna District.

The Commission has thus far received a total of approximately 16,000 complaints from all parts of the country. Of those complaints, approximately 9,300 are of civilian disappearances while 4,300 are of disappearances of security personnel.

The three-member Commission, comprising Maxwell Parakrama Paranagama (Chairman), Mrs. Dimingu Badathuruge Priyanthi Suranjana Vidyaratne and Mrs. Mano Ramanathan, has been given the authority to conduct inquiries and investigations necessary, and submit a report to the President.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa had extended the mandate of the Commission by another six months until August

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