By Kurulu Koojana Kariyakarawana
The government has decided to establish an independent Commission for Truth, Unity and Reconciliation through an Act of Parliament.
The act of the proposed Commission, which will address issues pertaining to transitional justice and post-conflict reconciliation, is currently in the drafting process as a concept paper in consultation with relevant stakeholders, the President’s Media Division stated.
The concept paper, used to prepare the final draft of the Bill for Parliament, will soon be available for comments to ensure an inclusive process in developing legislation that strengthens and safeguards national unity through truth, transitional justice, reconciliation, reparation and social cohesion.
The PMD issuing a statement said a key objective of this process is to establish the truth regarding post-conflict grievances of Sri Lankan citizens, facilitating reconciliation, reparation and sustainable peace. The proposed Commission acknowledges every Sri Lankan’s inalienable right to ascertain the truth, a pivotal aspect for individuals and communities to heal from past conflicts.
Additionally, the Commission aims to ensure and strengthen national unity, peace, the rule of law, coexistence, equality, tolerance, respect for diversity and reconciliation among the people of Sri Lanka. This commitment extends to preventing any recurrence of disharmony and future conflict between the multi-ethnic and diverse communities.