The Office of the Missing Persons Bill which was scheduled to be taken up for vote tomorrow, was passed in Parliament today afternoon without a vote but incorporating certain amendments.
The Bill was passed amidst continuing verbal protests by members of the Joint Opposition.
The Bill paves the way to establish an Office of Missing Persons, despite protest by the Joint Opposition against the Bill today when it was taken up for debate in the morning in Parliament.
The Joint Opposition today protested against the Bill claiming that it contains dangerous provisions and can be a risk to the country’s national security and it’s unity.
The protest also led to Parliament being adjourned temporarily for a few minutes. In a statement earlier, Rajapaksa said that every Member of Parliament who votes for the Bill will be held responsible for ‘betraying the country and the armed forces.’