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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...

US assures TNA that it will do all things possible to ensure that Sri Lanka delivers on its commitments to the International Community.

In a meeting with the Tamil National Alliance today in Colombo, Rep. Ami Bera assured that the United States will do all things possible...

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...

2019 in review – Sri Lanka: Security fears trump freedoms – Amnesty International

Unrealized government commitments to pursue truth, justice and reparations, continued impunity for violations and abuses, compromised freedoms of religion and expression characterized 2019 for...

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...

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...

OMP made progress amidst lack of cooperation from state actors & continuous efforts to deny the rights of families of the disappeared – Saliya...

Image: On the International Day of the Disappeared, 30 August, Colombo. © Sunanda Deshapriya. The OMP made such progress amidst an array of challenges including lack...

Navy abductions case: OMP raises concern over suspect Dassanayake’s confirmation of rank

Image: Trinco Navy camp where abducted 11 youth were held. The Office on Missing Persons (OMP) has decided to raise their concerns with President Maithripala...

Sri Lanka: Issue of ‘Certificates of Absence’ for the disappeared extended by 2 more years

Image: The placard asks by implication: When will you start issuing ‘Certificate of Absence’ (CoA) ©Sunanda Deshapriya. The Government has extended, by two more years, legal provisions...

900 days of protests: Still searching for truth and justice in Sri Lanka – Ruki Fernando

Image: Families of the disappeared gathered in front of UN, Colombo and handed over a memorandum. © Sunanda Deshapriya. August 30 was the International Day of...

Sri Lanka: Impunity fuels recurrence of violence

On the tenth anniversary of the end of Sri Lanka’s three decade-long internal armed conflict, Amnesty International calls on the government of Sri Lanka...

Sri Lanka: OMP welcomes inclusion of its interim relief proposals in budget

Image; Families of the disappeared persons continue their campaign for justice.  (Colombo Gazette/March 11, 2019 ) The Office on Missing Persons (OMP) welcomes the inclusion of...

Sri Lanka: Interim report of the Missing Persons Office in full

Executive Summary: The establishment of the Office on Missing Persons (OMP) marks a significant milestone in the efforts of the Government of Sri Lanka to address...

OMP wants officers accused of enforced disappearances suspended & urgent and immediate relief to families of involuntarily disappeared

In its first interim report, the Office on Missing Persons (OMP) recommended the government to suspend state officials including members of the armed forces...

Full report: Interim Recommendations of the the Office of Missing Persons

5. Urgent Recommendations 40. A key objective of the OMP is to make recommendations to relevant authorities in order to reduce the number of incidents...

Sri Lanka Office of Missing Persons recommends subsistence allowance to families, public commemoration of missing persons

(Friday, August 31, 2018.) The Office of Missing Persons (OMP) recommends the Government to pay a subsistence allowance to the family members of the missing...

OMP disruption in Kilinochchi: Victims must not be held hostage to politics

Image: Protesters blocked  the entrance to the OMP meeting in Kilinochchi. (Vikalpa photo) The government has established an Office of Missing Persons (OMP) and is...

Abduction and forced disappearance: Sri Lanka’s missing thousands

Image:  by SP Pushpakanthan. Can the Office of Missing Persons provide answers in a country with the world's second highest number of disappearances? by Drew...

At HRC 37 Sri Lanka lists its human rights achievements.

Image:Ravinatha Aryasinha. Speaking at the adoption of Sri Lanka UPR report at the 37th session of the UNHRC, Permanent Representative Ambassador   to the UN, Geneva listed...

Government’s visionary 2015 program seem stalled, despite their importance to sustainable peace, security and prosperity in Sri Lanka – UN

Image: United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman meeting with TNA. ( Asian tribune) On March 11, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman...

UN condemns anti-Muslim attacks in Sri Lanka

Image: Jeffrey Feltman addresses a press conference in Colombo on March 3, 2015.  LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/GETTY/CBS. (AFP) The UN's political chief on Sunday condemned anti-Muslim violence that...

The government has not lived up to expectations & has lost the moral high ground – Dr. P. Saravanamuttu

Image: Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu  ( Lake house photo) The aftermath of the local government election has been fraught with political tension and the uncertainties of coalition...

President Sirisena’s appointee to head Office of the Missing Persons (OMP)

Image: President’s Counsel Saliya Peiris. President’s Counsel Saliya Peiris, has been now appointed as the Chairperson of the OMP, government controlled Daily News reports.  Mr. Saliya...

In Solidarity with Families of Disappeared’ Year-Long Protest – Joint Civil Society Statement

Image: A protesting mother showing the mobile phone number her son called her in 2012 from undisclosed detention center. ( Vikalpa photo) (February 20, 2018) ...

Sri Lanka: Setting up the OMP; Delays, Dilution and Deal-Making – Friday Forum

The Office on Missing Persons (OMP) is one of the four mechanisms that the government promised in its ‘comprehensive approach to dealing with the...

Sri Lanka’s reaffirmed commitment to Transitional Justice process

At the recently concluded 21st meeting of the European Union-Sri Lanka Joint Commission  Sri Lanka’s reaffirmed commitment to establishing the remaining mechanisms aimed at truth...

President Sirisena in conflict with the Constitution Council; Has referred back the list of nominees to the OMP; CC to stand by its decision

(SLB/19th Dec 2017) According to informed sources president Sirisena has not approved the nominated  list of commissioners  by the Constitutional Council (CC) for the...

Promises made to IC must be absorbed into the UPR to prevent them from running on parallel tracks – Nimalka Fernando

Image: Dr. Nimalka Fernando speaking at the side event. ©s.deshapriya. Speaking at a side event at  36th session of the UNHRC, Dr. Nimalka Fernando, chair...

Sri Lanka’s reconciliation process is proceeded step by step – Sirisena tells Zeid

Image:  Zeid teld Sirisena that he  will be more satisfied if this journey of Sri Lankan government will be speeded up.(Photo credit :PMD) (PMD News) Sri Lanka’s reconciliation...
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