Sri Lanka's Council of Ministers Approves Establishment of a Truth and Reconciliation Mechanism

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Sri Lanka's Council of Ministers Approves Establishment of a Truth and Reconciliation MechanismSri Lanka's cabinet ministers approved a proposal to set up a Truth and Reconciliation Mechanism.

An Overview of the News

  • The proposal draws inspiration from the successful Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa.

  • In March, Sri Lanka's Foreign Affairs Minister Ali Sabri and Justice Wijedasa Rajapaksa visited South Africa to study the commission's functioning.

  • The proposed mechanism aims to address issues surrounding the three-decade-long armed conflict in Sri Lanka.

  • Former prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe submitted a cabinet memorandum and concept paper in 2018 as the basis for the commission.

  • There were efforts to set up a similar mechanism in 2015 under pressure from the United Nations human rights body, but it was not followed through.

  • The establishment of a Truth and Reconciliation Mechanism is seen as a way to address the demands of affected Tamils seeking information on missing persons.

  • The proposed commission aims to provide answers, reconciliation and justice in the post-conflict context of Sri Lanka.

About Sri Lanka

  • It is an island country in South Asia.

  • It was earlier known as Ceylon.

  • The official name of the country is the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.

  • It is located in the Indian Ocean, southwest of the Bay of Bengal.

  • Sri Lanka is separated from the Indian peninsula by the Gulf of Mannar and the Palk Strait.

Capital - Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte (legislative) and Colombo (executive and judicial)

Official languages - Sinhala AND Tamil

President - Ranil Wickremesinghe

Prime Minister - Dinesh Gunawardena

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