The Act passed by the Parliament of Sri Lanka on 7 March 2018 gives effect to the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances.
This is an amendment to the Registration of Deaths (Temporary Provisions) Act, No. 19 of 2010, providing for the registration of persons reported missing as a result of the conflict in the North and East, political unrest or enforced disappearances, or members of the armed forces or police who are identified as missing in action. Under this Act, a person can secure a Certificate of Absence instead of obtaining a Certificate of Death.
The Act provides for the establishment of the Office for Reparations to identify aggrieved persons eligible for reparations and to provide collective reparations.