OMP in its interim report made public today called upon the government to provide urgent and immediate relief to the families of involuntarily disappeared as their current socio-economic situation is dire.
The report also recommended introduction of an employment quota of 1% within the state sector and implementing separate programs for families of the missing.
Sri Lanka has the maximum number of around 20 thousand people missing, majority of them during the three-decades long ethnic war.
OMP came into existence early this year to investigate into such cases and make recommendations, as per Sri Lanka’s commitment to UNHRC resolution.
The interim report said the difficult socio-economic situation of many families cannot wait until a final reparations scheme is devised and a key set of measures is required in the interim to provide urgent and immediate relief to the families.
In recognition of the long-term pain and suffering of families, it also recommended the government to designate a National day for the disappeared.