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PM moots Truth and Reconciliation Commission


13 February 2019 07:50 am - 8     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Ahead of the UNHRC session in March, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday presented a Cabinet memorandum seeking approval to establish a Truth and Reconciliation Commission, similar to what was established in post-apartheid South Africa.

The commission will give the opportunity to those accused of war crimes to confess to their wrongdoings. According to the memorandum, no criminal liability will arise from the commission's findings.

However, the Cabinet did not approve the PM's memo because President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as Defence Minister has asked for time to make observations on the proposed move. Megapolis and Western Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka also sought time for his observations.

The UNHRC Resolution 30/1 adopted in September 2015 proposes the setting up of such a commission as part of the restorative justice process in Sri Lanka.

There were four mechanism proposed to be set up -- the Office of Missing Persons (OMP), the Office on Reparation, a truth-seeking mechanism and a judicial mechanism.

Sri Lanka co-sponsored this resolution when it was initially moved by the United States. (Kelum Bandara)

  Comments - 8

  • BuffaloaCitizen Wednesday, 13 February 2019 08:58 AM

    This is like taking the books and getting ready few weeks before the A 'levels.

    Sangaralingham Wednesday, 13 February 2019 09:41 AM

    Truth and reconciliation commission.what is it. What purpose it suppose to serve.will it solve the national problems. How. Action must be taken honestly truthfully morally by all living citizen in all corners of the country. If not most will find things dishonest not soul searching. Clarity insight by all citizens than a commission who find what truth reconciliation

    Jude Wednesday, 13 February 2019 09:53 AM

    Sure !!! Make everyone happy!!??

    ShakeSpear Wednesday, 13 February 2019 10:09 AM

    This is basic human culture and why need commissions. It is because Rani himself does not speak the truth. Time to go Mr. Dirty.

    Kudda Wednesday, 13 February 2019 12:31 PM

    Robbing public wealth is also a violation of human rights. Then politicos should first confess

    JIM Wednesday, 13 February 2019 11:14 AM

    Wow..... how truth is reconciled.

    Woken up after a deep slumber ! Wednesday, 13 February 2019 01:34 PM

    Rather late in the day

    Kumara Wednesday, 13 February 2019 02:06 PM

    This sounds like fire fighting. Resolution 30/1 was adopted in 2015 at the UNHRC and you are talking about setting up Truth and Reconciliation Commission now only, some 4 years later. Please be proactive and get things done in the name of peace with all communities.

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