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* Sri Lankan government to make forced disappearances a criminal offense
Mon, Feb 17, 2014, 02:09 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 17, Colombo: The government of Sri Lanka is taking measures to introduce laws to make forced disappearances a criminal offense and considering the introduction of amendments to the Penal Code to this effect.

Secretary to the Justice Ministry Kamalini de Silva told the media that the Ministry is currently studying the matter and would decide whether it could be done by amending the existing laws or through fresh legislation.

The government is looking at the matter following calls from many quarters including the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to introduce such legislation.

She has added that the Justice Ministry is also looking into the Witness and Victim Protection Bill that has been submitted by the Legal Draftsman's Department before submitting it for Cabinet approval.

The international community has urged the government to enact legislation on witness and victims protection as soon as possible because of its importance to investigations into some of the incidents during the war.

** Related Story :: Legal Draftsman of Sri Lanka ready to hand over witness and victims protection bill to Justice Ministry

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