Though Sri Lanka has achieved ‘some small recent’ progress in terms of implementing UN resolutions, British Minister for Asia and Pacific Mark Field said the progress had been slower than they would have anticipated or liked.
The Minister expressed these views during a debate held in British Parliament on March 20 over the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Sri Lanka.
Responding to other members’ queries during the debate, Minister Field said Sri Lanka’s co-sponsorship of UN Human Rights Council resolution in 2015 was a truly historic moment.
“It was, at least verbally, a strong commitment to addressing the legacy of its long-running and devastating civil war, a commitment subsequently extended by two years last year in resolution 34/1. Sri Lanka pledged to establish a commission for truth, justice, reconciliation and non-recurrence, to sit alongside other mechanisms as part of a comprehensive truth and justice process.
“We remain absolutely committed to the full implementation of those resolutions as the single best way to secure the lasting reconciliation and peaceful future that are in the interests of all Sri Lankans, and which they so richly deserve,” he said.
He said an Office on Missing persons is close to being operational and the Sri Lankan Government have passed a law to prevent and criminalise enforced disappearances.
“I understand that a draft law to establish an office of reparations has been approved by the Sri Lankan cabinet. I also understand that draft legislation for a truth-seeking commission—an important part of this whole process—has been prepared, drawing upon the work of a country-wide consultation taskforce,” he said.
Kim Ben Thursday, 29 March 2018 01:08 AM
How is Adele Balasinghem. She is vacant now , Cant they arrange another shun marriage to north Korean and send to Kim`s world
Mrs.Retna Mohanasamy. Thursday, 29 March 2018 02:02 AM
Progress will ground to a halt soon. Welcome to SL. Retna
Soam Thursday, 29 March 2018 05:10 AM
Spot on, Old chap. Why doesn't the UNHCR impose a timeline to implement the Recommendations. Unless the screw tightens, Sri Lankan Government will not take measurable actions because they do not want to.
BuffaloaCitizen Thursday, 29 March 2018 09:21 AM
To majority Sri Lankans, Human Rights means "western interference" and reconciliation means giving "into separation". This is still a very primitive thinking people very uncivilized as what we see from 1983 until recent Kandy riots.
Jaliya Thursday, 29 March 2018 09:22 AM
Whether it is slow or no progress SLK had the EU UK and US fooled. They put their hand out for donations and other tax breaks and concessions but utterly irresponsible in obligations. The politicians are in anticipation that if time is lapsed long enough ... this will all be forgotten, just like the promises made during election campaigns.
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