The Ministry of Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms recently organised a goodwill tour of the South for former members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) who had undergone rehabilitation and are scheduled to be released soon.
The Ministry’s Additional Secretary (Development) Mr. Nimal Kotawalagedara said that these tours are organised to help the rehabilitees transition away from a war mindset and to give them “a practical understanding about the lifestyles and culture of communities that live in other areas, interpersonal relationships, geographical differences and environmental beauty.”
The Ministry of Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms launched the second inter-ministerial programme on July 15 to assist conflict-affected people in the Ampara District. The programme was initiated to rebuild two villages which were severely affected during the conflict, namely Kanchikudichcharu and Thangavelayuthapuram, situated in the Thirukkovil Divisional Secretariat.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has broadened the scope of the mandate of the Presidential Commission to Investigate into Complaints Regarding Missing Persons and appointed a three-member international panel of experts to advise the Commission.
The enhanced mandate of the Commission, issued by Proclamation by the President of Sri Lanka, and published under Gazette Notification 1871/18 dated July 15, 2014, seeks to, inter alia, inquire into and report on several matters contained under paragraph 4.359 of the Report of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), which the Commission has deemed as requiring further inquiry.