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UN backs genuine consultations with victims in SL: Moon

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The UN has advocated for genuine consultations with victims and affected groups, especially women and children, who are far too often excluded and marginalized in countries like Sri Lanka, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said.

“From Colombia to Tunisia, from Mali to Sri Lanka, from Nepal to South Sudan, the UN has advocated for inclusive and genuine consultations with victims and affected groups, especially women, girls and those who are far too often excluded and marginalized. Their meaningful participation must be ensured in all relevant stages of transitional justice processes and their specific needs must be fully recognized in any reparation measures,” he said observing the International Day for right to truth, which fell yesterday.

To advance this effort, he said the UN supports fact-finding missions, commissions of inquiry, mapping exercises and truth commissions, which document human rights violations and make recommendations to ensure accountability, reconciliation and other reforms.

“Across the world, every victim has the right to know the truth about violations that affected her or him. But the truth also has to be told for the benefit of all people and communities as a vital safeguard against the recurrence of violations. The right to the truth is closely linked to the right to justice,” Mr. Ban said in a message on the Day.

He also stressed the need to secure the testimonies of victims and witnesses to ensure the rights to know the truth and to justice. Appropriate mechanisms for the protection of victims and witnesses, including their physical and psychological integrity, privacy, and dignity, must be put in place.

Moreover, the preservation of archives and other documentation relating to human rights violations is crucial for ensuring undistorted historical record and preservation of memory, he added.

He urged States to adopt measures to promote truth, justice and reparations for victims, which is so crucial to ensuring that gross human rights violations are not repeated.

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  • raj Saturday, 26 March 2016 01:17 AM

    Tamils and Singhalese have been kept in the dark in order to prevent them knowing the truth. As a result, Sri Lanka is facing many crisist. Otherwise, Sri Lanka would have been paradise. Wtihout transparency, there is no democracy. Only theocracy can exist in the dark world.

    Jude Sunday, 27 March 2016 09:57 AM

    Why only SL !!????

    Ravi Friday, 25 March 2016 01:04 PM

    what about kashmir,Afghanistan , Libiya , Egypt, Gaza , Pakisthan, Maxico....... people do they get this same support

    BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 25 March 2016 01:04 PM

    What you have said here is normally gibberish to any Sri Lankan. This is bcos, the ignorance of his own knowledge of civilization is limited or rather close to zero and what he has been peppered from his own parents, then friends, relatives and then his own countries leaders is blind egoism of one's own race and religion. This is why even in 50 years, we will never change our attitude.

    Sharon Friday, 25 March 2016 01:15 PM

    What good have you done for any conflict in the world UN via DM iOS App

    Onlooker Friday, 25 March 2016 03:09 PM

    UN backed by USA and other so called developed countries are totally responsible for all the conflicts in the entire world , in the past and as well as at present. Almost all the terrorist leaders are products and pets of the weSt. But almost in all cases these terrorist leaders have turned back on those who brought them to the world . UN backed by USA is now trying to punish by hook or crook those who have had the guts to go against their wishes and ideologies.


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