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Tuesday, 16 February 2016 - 10:59
Missing Persons’ Commission Seeks Extension Of Term
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The Presidential Commission to Investigate into Complaints Regarding Missing Persons (PCICMP) headed by retired Justice Maxwell Paranagama, seeks a short extension of the duration of its term of office to complete the work as the Commission’s term of office ended on Monday (15).

Commission’s Chairman and retired High Court Judge Maxwell Paranagama sought more time from the President to complete investigations into thousands of cases.

Justice Paranagama said that he has yet to receive notice from the President’s Office if the Commission’s term of office has been extended.

The Commission was set up by Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa on August 15, 2013, and its term has since been extended on more than one occasion.

However, In September 2015, Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein, the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights (UNHCHR) requested the Government to wind it up and replace it with a more credible body. But Colombo paid no heed to this demand as the October 2015 United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) joint resolution on Sri Lanka made no mention of it.

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