Lanka Panel Probing Disappearances During War Visits North - The New Indian Express

Lanka Panel Probing Disappearances During War Visits North

Published: 18th January 2014 06:23 PM

Last Updated: 18th January 2014 06:24 PM

A Sri Lankan panel probing alleged disappearances during the nearly three-decade-long civil war today begun its hearing in the north, the heartland of former Tamil Tiger rebels.

H W Gunadasa, the secretary of the 3-member panel, said it had so far received over 13,000 complaints of disappearances.

He said the panel would continue its hearing in Kilinochchi for four days from today.    

The Commission was appointed in August last year to gather details of alleged disappearances between 1990 and 2009.       

"The commission will meet in three locations in Kilinochchi to investigate complaints from individuals. They will meet between 9 am and 5 pm. We invite people to come to the locations and meet the panel," Gunadasa said.       

The panel was a key recommendation in the government's Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), which looked into the cause of the ethnic conflict and its effects on the people.            

A government census in the former northern battle zones last year said over 8,000 people were killed and another 6,350 had gone missing during the conflict.      

The panel's work comes ahead of a crucial UN Human Rights Council resolution on Sri Lanka coming up in March. Two previous resolutions backed by India were adopted in the Council binding Sri Lanka for commitments in reconciliation and rights accountability issues.

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