Written by Tharushan Fernando
20 Jan, 2017 | 8:26 pm
The International Commission of Jurists or ICJ says that the Sri Lankan government must deliver on the clear demand for justice from Sri Lankans nationwide by implementing the Consultation Task Force recommendations without further delay.
Nikhil Narayan, ICJ’s South Asia senior legal adviser says the CTF report, highlights a widespread lack of trust among Sri Lankans across the country, regardless of region, ethnicity, religion or language, in the ability of the criminal justice system, in its current form, to address serious human rights abuses stemming from the conflict.
ICJ goes on to say that If the Sri Lankan government wants to restore public confidence in the system, it must seriously consider victims’ voices and implement the CTF recommendations on truth, justice and reparation consistent with the commitments it voluntary undertook at the Human Rights Council.
According to the ICJ, the Sri Lankan government took an important first step towards reconciliation when it adopted the UN resolution and later established the CTF to carry out public consultations to hear a cross section of voices on transitional justice.
Nikhil Narayan, the ICJ’s South Asia senior legal adviser goes on to say that as the situation of Sri Lanka comes before the UN Human Rights Council again this March. The Sri Lankan government is in a position to demonstrate both to the UN Member States, but more importantly to its own people at home its seriousness in pursuing truth, justice, reparation and non-recurrence for conflict victims who have been waiting for justice for decades.
He adds that Sri Lanka must seize this opportunity before it is one more of many missed opportunities.
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