President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has appointed a 3-member Commission of Inquiry (CoI) to investigate, inquire into and report or take necessary action on findings of preceding Commissions or Committees appointed to investigate into human rights violations, serious violations of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and other such offences. The Extraordinary Gazette notification pertaining to this was issued on Thursday (21 January).
Supreme Court Judge A. H. M. D. Nawaz has been appointed as the Chairman of the Commission. Retired Inspector General of Police Chandra Fernando and retired District Secretary Nimal Abeysiri are the other members.
The Commission has the authority to make required inquires and investigations and to present interim reports where it is necessary to the President. All Government officials have been directed to provide required assistance and information when requested by the Commission. The final report of the Commission should be handed over to the President within 6 months since the date of the appointment of the Commission.