Attorney-at-Law Shiraz Noordeen, a Commissioner at the Office on Missing Persons (OMP) has resigned from the post while he has another 32 months in office, saying the Government has failed to provide the OMP with adequate resources to act independently.
Noordeen tweeted that he resigned, as he no longer believes the conduct of the OMP will benefit the victims due to several reasons.
Those are, line ministry’s interference in OMP affairs,Foreign Ministry’s failure to resolve OMP issues, and incapacity of the present Board to uphold OMP mandate, he alleged.
Noordeen was appointed as a Commissioner of the OMP for three years with effect from 13 December 2021.
The Office on Missing Persons was set up under Act No. 14 of 2016 (as amended) and in compliance with the United Nations Human Rights Charter. The Office has been acting in compliance with the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance under Act, No. 5 of 2018.
By Methmalie Dissanayake