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* Indian rights activist accepts offer to be part of Sri Lanka's missing person commission advisory panel
Wed, Aug 13, 2014, 12:32 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 13, Colombo: An Indian human rights activist, who was nominated by the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to be part of the international panel of experts advising the Presidential Commission Investigating Cases of Missing Persons in Sri Lanka, has accepted the offer.

Prof. Avdhash Kaushal, Chairperson of Dehradun-based NGO Rural Litigation and Entitlement Kendra has said that after turning down the offer at first, he accepted the offer when President himself called and made the offer.

He will be the only Indian in the advisory panel which will also have experts from Japan and Pakistan.

Prof Kaushal has claimed that Indian government had no role in his nomination to the international advisory panel.

The President last month appointed three eminent persons of international repute to serve on an Advisory Council to the Commission of Inquiry.

The Advisory Council will advise the Commission, at their request, and may include other experts appointed by the President as and when necessary.

The appointment of Kaushal, along with another Japanese expert, will likely to be announced through a gazette notification this week.

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