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