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Sri Lanka approves setting up Office of Missing Persons

Ethnic Sri Lankan Tamil women appeal for information about their family members who have disappeared

By: Eastern Eye Staff

The parliament in Sri Lanka last Thursday (11) passed a law to establish an office to trace people who disappeared during a 26-year war and another insurrection amid protests by former leader Mahinda Rajapaksa’s supporters. The draft bill to establish an Office of Missing Persons (OMP) was passed without a vote. It will enable independent investigations of thousands of cases of missing people, measures to trace them and protection of their rights and interests and those of their relatives. “We have brought this to correct the past mistakes in the history,” foreign minister Mangala Samaraweera told the parliament. Rajapaksa’s supporters,…

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