Disappearances Commission to Study Cases from 1983 - The New Indian Express

Disappearances Commission to Study Cases from 1983

Published: 27th March 2014 08:14 AM

Last Updated: 27th March 2014 08:14 AM

The Sri Lankan government on Wednesday changed the Disappearances Commission’s period of inquiry from 1990 to 2009 to 1983 to 2009, provoking some commentators to speculate that this may have been done to include complaints against the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF), which was stationed in the island’s Northern and Eastern Provinces between July 1987 and March 1990.

“During our visits to Jaffna, Kilinochchi and Batticaloa, we received complaints about activities of other organizations. Since our mandate (was) to investigate incidents that occurred during 1990-2009, we could not accept these complaints,” said Secretary to the Commission, H W Gunadasa.

The commission will therefore look into complaints against Eelam Peoples’ Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF), Peoples’ Liberation Organization of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE), Tamil Eelam Liberation Organization (TELO), Eelam National Democratic Liberation Front (ENDLF), Eelam Peoples ‘Democratic Party (EPDP), Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the Lankan armed forces, and possibly the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) also.

The commission is to probe disappearances only in the Tamil speaking Northern and Eastern Provinces of Sri Lanka. The three-member Commission, comprises Maxwell Paranagama (Chairman),  Priyanthi Vidyaratne and Mano Ramanathan.

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