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* ICRC survey to assess needs of families of missing persons in Sri Lanka
Sat, Mar 1, 2014, 08:48 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 01, Colombo: The International Committee of the Red Cross will conduct a survey in Sri Lanka to assess the needs of families of individuals who disappeared during the nearly three-decade war against Tamil Tiger terrorists.

The needs assessment survey would begin in April and is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year, ICRC's spokesperson Sarasi Wijeratne has told the PTI.

According to the spokesperson, the survey would target data on the social, economic, administrative, legal and mental healthcare needs of the families of the disappeared persons.

The ICRC has said that it received 16,000 complaints of disappearances since 1990 and about 4,500 of those were from the families of missing government troops.

The Presidential Commission investigating the alleged disappearances of persons in conflict affected areas has so far received a total of approximately 13,700 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 Commission is currently conducting public hearings in the North and East.

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