Government decides not to debate Disappearance Bill on Thursday

The joint opposition had earlier called for the Bill to be removed from the Parliament order paper this week. The Government has decided not to debate the Enforced Disappearance Bill on Thursday, September 21.Government spokesman, Minister Gayantha Karunathilake said that it has been decided not to debate the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances Bill this week. Sri Lanka signed the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances in 2015. The Convention has defined enforced disappearance as a violation of human rights and considered it as a criminal offence and has made its member states to draft legislations based on a set of principles.The former Government refused to sign the Convention, especially at a time when enforced disappearances were said to be taking place in Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) read more