The government will soon set up several commissions including a South African-style parliamentary truth commission, a compassionate commission and a permanent office to look into disappearances, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe told parliament today.
Making a special statement in Parliament, he said advice will be sought from South Africa to set up the truth commission but it would not be a carbon copy of what South Africa itself set up in that country.
The Prime Minister said the compassionate commission will comprise leaders of all religions and would be under the purview parliament.
He said permanent office to look into disappearances would be within the precincts of parliament and would be mandated to provide information on the missing and provide compensation to the families of those gone missing.
"For this the government will obtain the advice of the International Red Cross," the Prime Minister said and added that special courts would be set up to provide redress to mete out justice to those who have been affected by the armed conflict.
"These measures are being adopted by the national government not with the intention of satisfying the international community but in an effort to bring about much needed reconciliation and to avoid such conflicts and misunderstandings in the future" he said.
The Prime Minister assured parliament that none of these mechanisms would contain parts brought down from abroad," he said.
He underlined the fact that the reason for the international community to develop a negative attitude towards Sri Lanka because nothing was being done to bring about peace and reconciliation after the armed conflict ended in 2009 in line with the assurance given to UN Secretary General who visited Sri Lanka that year. (Yohan Perera)
BuffaloaCitizen Wednesday, 23 September 2015 11:12 AM
Crime is crime and needs to be punished whether committed by LTTE or GOSL. This report is certainly unbiased material therefore we Sri Lankans should read and identify what really took place in the north. All perpetrators of humanitarian crimes need to identified, shamed and punished. Only then will true reconciliation take place.
concern Wednesday, 23 September 2015 11:22 AM
Pl have commissions to look into tragic congestion and related matters. They have given 11 seconds to cross Galle rd 4 lanes !!, How will a child or elderly do this? Let them cross and see.
maj Wednesday, 23 September 2015 12:05 PM
A good plan to begin with,... Start your work, Keep working on that, Accomplish what you have started, and...leisurely enjoy how people and country benefited by your work. If you do it, you are the 1st LEADER of that nature for this country.
raj Wednesday, 23 September 2015 12:06 PM
Mr. Ranil Wickramasinghe, we have heard the same stories in the past during the UNP government and SLFP government. You can appoint anyone and set up anything, but it will be hard to convince the other side except Sinhalese. History repeat itself. It means as usual, Sri Lanka will break promises as it did in the past.
Sangaralingham, Wednesday, 23 September 2015 08:37 AM
Go with Geneva recommendations finish the task soon as possible.create a all country commission of intellectuals to discuss a new constitution. Send all parliamentarian for a course in religious philosophical instruction eg right action right effort right awarenessis important for future progress
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