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* Sri Lanka's Commission investigating missing persons receives over 60 complaints
Fri, Oct 4, 2013, 12:19 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Oct 03, Colombo: The Commission to Investigate Missing Persons appointed by the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has received over 60 complaints so far since its establishment, the Chairman of the Commission has said.

The three-member Commission to Investigate Missing Persons, chaired by Attorney Maxwell Parakrama Paranagama, is tasked with investigating cases of persons from the Northern and Eastern Provinces who went missing during the war.

The Commission is currently receiving complaints of disappearances and since its appointment on August 14 until yesterday the Commission has received over 60 Complaints, Paranagama told the BBC Sandeshaya program.

The Chairman has explained that a legal system to probe the disappearances and a legal department to enforce the law are already in place in the country and there is no need for a special delegate as the UN Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay has suggested.

Paranagama said that he is aware of the need the relatives of the missing people have to find whether those missing are still living or dead and the Commission will do its utmost to fulfill that need.

The Commission, chaired by Paranagama, includes Director General of Census and Statistics Priyanthi Suranjana Vidyaratne and former Deputy Legal Draftsman and former member of the Monetary Board of Sri Lanka Manohari Ramanathan.

Both Paranagama and Ms. Ramanathan were members of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission, the committee President appointed in May 2010 to report on the lessons to be learnt from the events in the period from 21st February 2002 to 19th May 2009.

The Commission is entrusted to Investigate Missing Persons and has been given the authority to conduct inquiries and investigations necessary, and submit a report to the President within six months.

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