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* Commission probing disappearances in Sri Lanka receives 13,700 complaints
Sun, Jan 26, 2014, 12:54 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 25, Colombo: The presidential Commission appointed to investigate disappearances of persons has received approximately 13,700 complaints from all parts of the country.

According to the Commission approximately 9,300 complaints of disappearances are of civilians and 4,300 are of security personnel.

The Commission appointed in August last year held its first public sittings in the Kilinochchi District Secretariat Office from January 18th -21st to hear the people's accounts on the complaints regarding the disappearances.

Following the public hearing in Kilinochchi, the Commission has submitted details of 162 cases of missing persons in the area to the Attorney General's (AG) Department, Secretary to the Commission H.W. Gunadasa.

The Commission has recorded evidence from 76 witnesses in connection with the complaints in Kilinochchi and in addition the Commission has received 106 more complaints.

The official said during the sittings in Kilinochchi 440 people came to complain to the Commission but the members did not have enough time for all the complainants. However, the Commission will plan a next round in the district, he said.

The Commission will start investigations with regard to the cases of disappeared persons in Mullaitivu district next.

A website will soon be launched by the Commission to facilitate complainants to access information regarding status of their complaints.

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