The President has appointed an Advisory Council to the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) on Missing Persons, comprising of three international experts – a clear attempt at improving Sri Lanka’s image in the international arena against mounting allegations of human rights violations, despite Rajapaksa regime’s bravado before the public on their vehement objection to the international probe led by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights into abuses during the final phases of the conflict.
The three-member Advisory Council has been appointed and named through a special gazette notification that was issued on Tuesday (15) naming Sir Desmond de Silva as the Chairman while appointing Sir Geoffrey Nice and Professor David Crane as members.
According to the Gazette, the three international experts have been appointed to advice the CoI on Missing Persons, in matters pertaining to the work of the Commission including ‘legal and other relevant dimensions’.
Furthermore it asserts that more experts maybe appointed to the Advisory Council over time ‘as may be required from time to time to advise the Chairman and Members of the Commission of Inquiry, at their request.’
The CoI on Missing Persons appointed in August 2013 to probe into disappearances includes Maxwell Parakrama Paranagama (Chairman), Suranjana Vidyaratne and Mano Ramanathan. The mandate of the CoI was extended by six months to August 12, 2014 and a report is due to be submitted to the President following the conclusion of the Commission proceedings.
Read the Gazette here