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Office of Missing Persons to be ‘reviewed’ announces Sri Lanka

The Sri Lankan government has announced it will “review” the Office of Missing Persons (OMP) Act, which was brought in by the previous regime as part of its commitments to a UN Human Rights Council resolution on accountability.

An official attached to Sri Lanka’s Justice Ministry told the Daily Mirror that the government had held a preliminary discussion on the act, though added: “it is too early to say whether it would be repealed or not”. 

“We have to review it properly and then decide,” he said.

Though the previous government had pledged the OMP would be an effective mechanism to probe disappearances, Tamils across the North-East remained deeply sceptical, with families of the disappeared stating it lacked independence and failed to take their views into consideration.