Practice Relating to Rule 150. Reparation
In its final report in 1997, the Commission of Inquiry into Involuntary Removal or Disappearance of Persons in the Western, Southern and Sabaragamuwa Provinces, established by the Sri Lankan Government, recommended that:
(i) Expeditious payment of fair and adequate compensation be made to dependants of disappeared persons within a time-frame in all the districts. Such payment should cover dependants of employees of the public sector, corporations and other state-owned institutions. The idea of introducing a new tax similar to the Defence Levy may be considered in order to generate funds for this purpose.
(ii) A scheme to provide monetary assistance to affected families who had suffered loss and damage to property be initiated. A forum be created to receive complaints of successors of disappeared persons.
(iii) Legislative provision be made exempting whatever amount paid as compensation for being made the subject matter of a civil claim and seizure.
In its final report in 1997, the Commission of Inquiry into Involuntary Removal or Disappearance of Persons in the Northern and Eastern Provinces, established by the Sri Lankan Government, noted:
The Commission has worked out a Compensation Scheme in accordance with the circular issued by the Ministry of Public Administration No. 21/88 of 13th July, 1988 and this is only a token of the concern of the Government for deprivation suffered by the affected families. Money in any quantity will not compensate the absence of the bread-winner, the love of the father, the duty of the son for the family. But money helps in some way to cushion the blow.