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* Sri Lanka Speaker signs the Office on Missing Persons Bill
Tue, Aug 23, 2016, 12:07 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Speaker Karu Jayasuriya Tuesday signed the Office on Missing Persons (OMP) Bill making it a legal act, the Speaker's Office announced.

The Speaker has signed the OMP Bill at his office at the Parliamentary Complex this morning.

On 11 August, Sri Lanka's parliament passed the Office on Missing Persons (Establishment, Administration and Discharge of Functions) Bill with amendments without a vote.

The Bill was passed amidst protests of the Joint Opposition parliamentarians, who raised objections alleging that the bill will betray the military.

The Joint Opposition MPs said that the legislation was passed violating both the Constitution and the Standing Orders of Parliament.

The passage of the bill allows the Sri Lankan government to set up an Office on Missing Persons to help several thousands of families of missing persons across Sri Lanka to discover the fate of their loved ones, and the circumstances under which they went missing.

 


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