Joint Opposition MPs wearing black headbands staged a protest inside Parliament today against the setting up of the Office of Missing Persons (OMP). Due to the protest, parliament was adjourned temporarily for several minutes.
The Opposition MPs, who have pledged allegiance to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa are protesting against the Bill claiming that the Bill contains dangerous provisions and can be a risk to the country’s national security and it’s unity.
The Bill, once passed in Parliament would allow for the establishment of the Office of Missing Persons which will deal with cases of missing persons occurred during the war.
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.’
The vote for the Bill is scheduled to be taken up tomorrow.