Sept 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena has signed the Gazette Notification to operationalize the Office on Missing Persons (OMP) 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.
The President in his capacity as Minister of National Integration and Reconciliation signed the Gazette Notification to operationalize the Office on the Missing Persons on 12'h September 2017, the Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliation said in a media release..
The Office of the Missing Persons (establishment, administration and discharge of functions) Act No. 14 of 2016 and amended by Act No. 9 of 2017 comes into implementation and operation with effect from 15!h September as the President has placed his signature for the Gazette Notification.
Accordingly, the OMP will be established and its functions, duties, and mandate will come into operation with effect from l5th of September.
This initiative comes one week immediately after the discussion the President had with the family members of the missing persons.
The operationalization of the OMP marks another significant step taken forward in Sri Lanka’s path to reconciliation by the Good Governance Government said V. Sivagnanasothy, Secretary Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliation.
The establishment of the OMP was one of the pledges of the government to the United Nations Human Rights Council.
The establishment of the OMP allows searching and tracing missing persons, identifying appropriate mechanisms, submission of recommendations to take measures on missing persons, protecting the rights of missing persons and relatives, identifying channels that missing persons and their relatives can collate data related to missing persons obtained by government institutions and to centralize all available data.