Centre for Policy Alternatives on 30 March, 2015

Benchmarks and Issues to Consider when Exploring Transitional Justice in Sri Lanka

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Several reports in 2015 indicate to the possibility of establishing a ‘credible domestic process’ in Sri Lanka. This comes in a context of failed attempts in the past to address truth and justice in Sri Lanka and the ongoing protests by victims, families of the disappeared and affected communities for greater action. Recent protests also made specific reference to the developments at the 28th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) and the decision of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to defer the tabling of the report by the OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka (OISL). The reports of a ‘credible domestic process’ also come in the context of the OISL report being tabled at the 30th Session of the UNHRC and pressure on the Government of Sri Lanka to deliver on plans that address past violations and introduce reforms.

Key benchmarks and issues must be discussed when designing and subsequently implementing domestic processes and mechanisms. In this regard, the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) has produced this short note to initiate a discussion among the different stakeholders as to the different elements that must be part and parcel of any process/mechanism.

Download the discussion paper here.

CPA Benchmarks and Issues March 2015