Report on consultation on ‘Human Rights Benchmarks in the Peace Process’ organised by the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) and the Berghof Foundation for Conflict Studies on 2nd April 2003 in Colombo, Sri Lanka
This workshop was part of the Road Map Programme on Negotiating a Political Settlement and Promoting Conflict Transformation in Sri Lanka.
The Road Map Programme on Negotiating a Political Settlement and Promoting Conflict Transformation in Sri Lanka was a joint initiative of the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) and the Berghof Foundation for Conflict Studies, Sri Lanka Office.
The aim of the Road Map Programme was to support all stakeholders in Sri Lanka in their pursuit to find a just and equitable negotiated settlement to the ethno-political conflict in the country. It was particularly focused on the issues and challenges of the interim process and was designed to help decision-makers, policy-advisors and practitioners as well as the expert public to understand, shape and organize the transformation processes in a constructive way.
Following each round of talks a workshop was organized by CPA and Berghof with the purpose of bringing together members of the negotiating team, civil society actors and others in order to generate a public debate on the course of the peace process and to ensure that key issues are taken up at the negotiating table. In addition, CPA and Beghof hosted discussion on particular aspects of and developments in the peace process including human rights, humanitarian issues and the Tokyo Donor Conference.