Sept 13, Geneva: At the United Nations Human Rights Council's sessions in Geneva Sri Lanka has emphasized that the government has undertaken a harmonious and holistic approach to reconciliation and highlighted the need to adopt a pragmatic, context specific approach in addressing issues of transitional justice.
Sri Lanka said it has consistently upheld the position that the approach of each state to reconciliation be context-specific, taking into account the particularities of each state and the aspirations of its people.
Delivering a statement at the Interactive Debate with Special Rapporteur on Truth, Justice, Reparation and Non-recurrence and on Contemporary Forms of Slavery on Thursday (September 12) Sri Lanka's Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva Manisha Gunasekera has observed that Sri Lanka has taken into consideration a range of cross-cutting issues in its approach to reconciliation including .
The issues government considered included resettlement, housing, land, rehabilitation and reintegration of ex-combatants including former child soldiers, democratization, accountability, demilitarization, demining, infrastructure development, livelihood development, education, vocational training, trauma and psycho-social counseling, support for female-headed households and war widows, and the trilingual policy.
These actions initiated shortly after the ending of the terrorist conflict in May 2009 are presently being continued in the context of the National Plan of Action for the implementation of the recommendations of the LLRC, in a time bound manner, she said.
Sri Lankan representative expressing satisfaction that the UN Human Rights High Commissioner was able to witness first-hand the multi-faceted nature of the reconciliation process during her recent visit, said Sri Lanka is looking forward to the visit of the Special Rapporteur on IDPs in December this year to review progress in resettlement, and to a visit by the Special Rapporteur on Education in the future.