May 21, Colombo: The Presidential Commission Investigating Cases of Missing Persons in Sri Lanka has launched its official website to provide information to the public.
Addressing media organizations at the launch Monday, Mr. Maxwell Paranagama, Chairman of the Commission stated that the website will enhance the independence and transparency of the work of the Commission and provide better access to information to the public.
"The Commission has always acted with independence and transparency, and it is important to instill faith in the public by providing them knowledge about the work of the Commission and enabling them to make suggestions to correct the direction of the Commission work," Mr Paranagama said.
The website features facilities for the public to access information in all three languages, lodge a complaint to the Commission on-line, and download Data Capture Forms to make complaints. It also provides information on progress on the complaints received, dates of Public Sittings, procedure to make a complaint, gazette notifications, and a section on FAQ.
The website address is http://www.pcicmp.lk/.
The three-member Commission, chaired by Attorney Paranagama, comprises former Director General of Census and Statistics Priyanthi Suranjana Vidyaratne and former member of the Monetary Board of Sri Lanka Manohari Ramanathan. Both Paranagama and Ramanathan were members of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission.
The Commission appointed by the President on 14 August 2013, is mandated to inquire into and report on alleged abductions or disappearances during the period June 10, 1990, to May 19, 2009.
The Commission has, to date, received nearly 16,000 complaints from all parts of the country.
The work of the Missing Persons Commission addresses recommendation 9.51 of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC).