Sri Lanka: Commission of inquiry announced to investigate new cases of “disappearance”

A Presidential Commission has been appointed to inquire into reported cases of “disappearance” which occur from 11 January 1991. The three-member Commission is chaired by a retired Judge of the Supreme Court, and its two other members are a retired Judge of the Court of Appeal and an Attorney- at-law. Full details of the terms of reference and working methods of the Commission have not yet been published. Amnesty International (AI) is seeking this information from the government. AI notes that the Commission does not appear to be empowered to recommend steps to be taken to compensate victims or their relatives.

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