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Human Rights Watch stresses Sri Lanka to implement recommendations of CTF

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Published: 10:19 GMT, Jan 11, 2017 |
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The Human Rights Watch (HRW) said today (Jan 11) the government of Sri Lanka should promptly implement recommendations on transitional justice proposed by the Consultation Task Force (CTF).

Issuing a statement, the HRW said the CTF report reflects the first broad survey of Sri Lankan citizens on their aspirations for truth and justice, as called for by the October 2015 resolution of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).

“The task force report is remarkably comprehensive and clear in setting out the concerns and needs expressed by Sri Lankans across all communities on the transitional justice process,” said Brad Adams, Asia director of HRW.

“The government should now own the report’s recommendations and set out a framework for putting them into action, in line with its pledges at the Human Rights Council,” he said.

The Consultation Task Force was formally appointed in February 2016, and began receiving submissions in April 2016 on the proposed mechanisms outlined in Human Rights Council Resolution 30/1, in which the government promised to deliver justice, accountability, and reconciliation in the aftermath of Sri Lanka’s 26-year-long civil war.

The task force, aided by civil society representatives, received 7,306 submissions from the Sinhalese, Tamil, Muslim, and other communities, as well as the security services during the course of their hearings.

Sri Lanka is on the March 2017 agenda of the Human Rights Council, where High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein is expected to report on Sri Lanka’s compliance with the resolution. This will include the government’s willingness to promptly implement the CTF report recommendations.