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Sri Lanka: Establishing the Office of the Missing Persons (OMP) is absurd and of no use – Defence Secretary General (Rtd) Kamal Gunaratne 

Image: Manouri Muttetuwegama, Chair of the Disappearance commission appointed by President Kumaratunga and Chair of the Reconciliation Task Force appointed by the previous government...

Letter to Michelle Bachelet: Appointment of Justice Abeyrathna to lead the OMP is a direct insult and an act of violence – Sandya Ekneligoda

Image: Justice Upali Abeyrathna handing over the final report of the Commission on Political Victimisation to President Rajapaksa. In a letter addressed to United Nations...

The Office on Missing Persons (OMP) publishs a list of complaints and information regarding missing and disappeared persons

Image: from the remembrance wall at OMP office August 30. 2019. (c) Sunanda Deshapriya. The Office on Missing Persons (OMP) is publishing a List of...

The Bitter Truth About the President’s Address to the Nation – Sunanda Deshapriya

Image: Presdnets tweet announcing his speech will be on air via all TV & Radio channels as well as an official social media pages. You...

UNHRC 45: Sri Lanka’s domestic mechanisms has proved insufficient to tackle impunity and deliver real reconciliation

Speaking at the ongoing 45th session of the UNHRC, on behalf of the Sri Lanka Core group, UK's International Ambassador for Human Rights, Rita...

As a nation we have failed to Deliver Justice to the Disappeared: Visakesa Chandrasekaram

Image: A scene from the film ‘paangshu’ Human rights issues related to enforced disappearances in Sri Lanka still continue. The grievances and the anxieties of...

Sri Lanka: families of the disappeared face police harassment on the UN Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances – Ruki Fernando

In different parts of Sri Lanka, families of the disappeared came together to hold events to commemorate the UN Day of the Victims of...

Tamil families of disappeared rally across North-East of Sri Lanka

Tamil families of the disappeared rallied across the North-East today to mark International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances. Families demonstrated in districts...

UN expresses concern & seeks clarifications on the Govt of Sri Lanka’s intended policies with regards to addressing enforced disappearances

Mandates of the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances; ; the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions; the Special Rapporteur on...

Sri Lanka: PM Rajapaksa calls for a strong mandate to defeat international conspiracy & to overturn the Office for Missing Persons, related laws

Image: On the memorial wall,  International day for the disappeared 2019, Colombo, Sri Lanka. In a televised statement issued on 28 June 2020 Prime Minister...

For Sri Lanka’s activists, a ‘state of fear’ resurfaces

Image: Families of Sri Lanka’s missing thousands fear the government is aiming to curb investigations into unsolved civil war disappearances. (COLOMBO/thenewhumanitarian) Rights groups are warning of...

Sri Lanka: Another Tamil father dies after years protesting in search of disappeared son

A Tamil father who has spent more than a decade searching for his forcibly disappeared son passed away in Vavuniya today, without ever knowing...

Sri Lanka: OMP requests that the families of the missing and disappeared to be included as beneficiaries for rations

7th April 2020 . His Excellency Gotabaya Rajapaksa, President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Presidential Secretariat, Colombo 1. Your Excellency Families of the missing...

President Rajapaksa meets the press: “This is the only time in the history a country that has acknowledged that their own security forces have...

"A journalist asked the President how the government would face the consequences of withdrawing from co-sponsoring the UNHRC resolution on Sri Lanka. The Geneva...

Sri Lanka: Security Agencies Shutting Down Civic Space

Image:Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, center attends an event to mark the anniversary of country's independence from British colonial rule in Colombo, Sri Lanka,...

Sri Lanka: Office on Missing Persons emphasises the need for a mechanism with a comprehensive mandate under domestic & international law.

Image: Families of the disappeared writing names of the missing loved ones on a memorial wall. Sri Lanka does not yet have a figure...

Consequences of dreadfully fractured logic in Geneva for Sri Lanka – Kishali Pinto Jayawardene

There is a dreadfully fractured logic in what the Government of Sri Lanka articulated before the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) as it...

HRC 43: Sri Lanka promises death certificates and livelihood assistance for the missing persons but no Justice & Truth.

Sri Lanka today told the ongoing 43rd session of UNHRC that "with regard to the issues on missing persons, steps would be taken, after...

A brief on the “Missing Lovers Day”, Sri Lanka.

For the third successive year, Families of the Disappeared (FoD) celebrated the “Missing Lovers Day" On 14th February in Colombo at the Vihara Maha Devi...

Sri Lanka: Families of ‘Disappeared’ Threatened

Image:A woman holds a picture of a missing relative at a protest calling for investigations into enforced disappearances, Colombo, Sri Lanka, February 14, 2020.  ©...

Sri Lanka: Fulfil the demands of the families of the disappeared – AI

Image: Vikalpa (14 February 2020) In Sri Lanka, many families of the forcibly disappeared mark 14 February as ‘Missing Lovers Day’ in remembrance of their...

OMP to issue Interim Reports to facilitate obtaining Certificate of Absence for the disappeared.

Image: A father has written his disappeared son's name on a remembrance wall, Malidu Liyanage David and the day of the disappearance.  © sunanda...

Sri Lanka: The OMP calls on families of the missing persons to provide info to make a comprehensive list of missing and disappeared persons.

The Office on Missing Persons (OMP) was established under the Office on Missing Persons (Establishment, Administration, and Discharge of Functions) Act, No. 14 of...

The abduction of children and Sri Lanka’s crisis of justice – Kishali Pinto Jayawardene

Image: Attorney General (left) and Navy Commander Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda (right) at the 70th Independence Day celebration. One of the stranger if not outlandish manifestations...

Sri Lanka: Presidential Commission of Inquiry orders AG to suspend case against two military leaders

Jan 27, Colombo: The Presidential Commission inquiring into incidents of alleged political victimization has issued an order preventing the Permanent High Court from proceeding...

Sri Lanka: Women’s Action Network condemns statements by President on missing persons; urges to deliver truth and justice to families of the disappeared

(January 26, 2020) Last week, President Gotabaya Rajapakse had told U.N. Resident Coordinator Ms. Hanaa Singer that those reported missing from the war are “actually...

10 years of unrelenting struggle for justice: Abduction and disappearance of Prageeth Ekneligoda – Ruki Fernando

Today, 10th January 2020, is 10 years since the disappearance of journalist and cartoonist Prageeth Ekneligoda. It also marks 10 years of struggle for truth...

Sri Lanka: Missing persons are actually dead & Govt will support families of mission persons – Gota tells UN

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday informed the United Nations Resident Coordinator Hanna Singer his government would give support to families of missing persons in order...

Sri Lanka Govt to change OMP act: OMP requests Govt to respect the needs of the families & their right to know the...

(OFFICE ON MISSING PERSONS/MEDIA RELEASE/15 January 2020) Recent media reports have claimed that the government plans to review the Office on Missing Persons (Establishment, Administration...

NPC lists 3 policy decisions that can potentially impact upon inter-community relations with the state.

Issuing  a statement the National Peace Council has listed three issues that can have  impact upon inter-community relations with the state. The statement says that...
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