The second interim report compiled by the Presidential Commission to Investigate into Complaints Regarding Missing Persons, also known as the ‘Paranagama Commission’ is yet to be presented to President Maithripala Sirisena, despite it being finalized over a month ago, The Nation reliably learns.
According to reliable sources, the commission, headed by Maxwell Parakrama Paranagama, had finalized its second interim report of its first mandate in mid-August. A copy of the report had been sent to the Presidential Secretariat. The commission had requested for a date to formally hand over the report to the President. However, the Presidential Secretariat is still to give commission members an appointment.
There had been calls for the government to present the interim report to the ongoing United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) sessions in Geneva. However, Justice Minister Wijeyedasa Rajapakshe told The Nation last month that the question of presenting the report to the UNHRC did not arise as the United States would be introducing a resolution in support of Sri Lanka and a domestic investigative mechanism.
Nevertheless, in the wake of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein’s damning report alleging widespread human rights violations and possible war crimes, appeals have again been made for the interim report to be presented to UNHRC members.
Meanwhile, speaking to editors of newspapers and heads of media institutions on Friday evening, President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had assured that the Paranagama Commission report would be made by public before the end of September.