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Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms completes final report

Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms completes final report

Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms completes final report

By Keshala Dias

05 Jan, 2017 | 10:04 pm

The Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms produced its final report containing the recommendations needed for the reconciliation process in the country.

The report has been compiled by 11 members of civil society appointed by the Prime Minister, taking into consideration 7,306 submissions’ that were made by public countrywide.

The Consultation Task Force was seeking suggestions from the public for the design of an Office of Missing Persons, a Truth Justice Reconciliation and Non Recurrence Commission, a Judicial mechanism with a special counsel and an Office of Reparations.

The report, among a number of other recommendations suggests the importance of establishing a “Special Court and Office of the Special Counsel” without delay and that its powers, functions and its relationship to other mechanisms’ should be made public.

It highlights the need for active international participation of Judges to the Office of the Special Counsel.

The report recommends that provisions’ should be made to ensure that there is an adequate number of Judges so that the absence of one or more does not create delays.

It adds that there should be at least one international Judge on the bench with a majority of local Judges.

The General Secretary of the Consultation Task Force said, their recommendation is for a hybrid Court and that for that matter they called for full participation of internationals ranging from experts’ and advisers to Judges and prosecutors.

Furthermore, he noted that they have called for clear, transparent public release of the criteria and selection process as far as these individuals are concerned both internationals as well as nationals and that once any short comings incompetence have been eradicated, and once the deficit in terms of trust and confidence has been bridged that the internationals can be passed out.

“We do not see them as a permanent fixture”, he added.