The report compiled by the Presidential Commission to Investigate into Complaints Regarding Missing Persons (PCICRMP), also known as the ‘Paranagama Commission,’ was released to Parliamentarians on Friday (October 16), sources disclosed to The Nation.
It is learnt that the government released the report to MPs in order to give them adequate time to study it ahead of the upcoming Parliamentary debate into the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution.
The government has set aside October 20 and 21 for the Parliamentary debate on the resolution. Speaking in Parliament on October 9, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe also stated that the government would table the reports of the Udalagama and Paranagama Commissions in Parliament at the beginning of the debate. He said the delay in releasing the reports was due to the unavailability of the reports’ Sinhala and Tamil translations.
The three-member Paranagama Commission, headed by retired High Court Judge Maxwell Paranagama, investigated complaints regarding missing persons resident in the Northern and Eastern provinces of the country who were affected by the conflict during the period from June 10, 1990 to May 19, 2009. It was appointed in August 2013 as per recommendations made to the President in the report compiled by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC).
Civil society activists have long called for the release of the reports, which were compiled by the commissions that investigated a range of alleged human rights violations that took place during the country’s civil war.