Interim Report

The Office on Missing Persons - Sri Lanka
Publication Year
Asia and the Pacific
Thematic Area
The Search Process / Mechanisms / Law & Policies / Forensics / Families
Right to Know/Truth / Reparation / Recovery of remains / Excavation / Exhumation / Psychosocial Support / Prevention / Memorialization / Information Management (Archive/Database/Register) / Family Needs / Enforced Disappearance / Criminal Justice / Burial Site / Mass Grave
Open access

The establishment of the Office on Missing Persons (OMP) marks a significant milestone in the efforts of the Government of Sri Lanka to address the issues of the missing and the disappeared. Established under the Office on Missing Persons (Establishment, Administration and Discharge of Functions) Act No. 14 of 2016 as an independent commission, the OMP’s objectives are to trace and search for the missing, make recommendations towards nonrecurrence, ensure the protection of the rights of the missing, the disappeared and their relatives, and to identify proper avenues of redress.

This Interim Report discusses the ongoing activities of the OMP, the challenges it faces, the responsibility of the State to ensure justice, the responsibility of the State to provide reparations, urgent recommendations, interim relief proposals, and finally, justice-related recommendations.