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UNHRC: Sri Lanka Says Approach Of Each State To Reconciliation Must Be Context-Specific

Sri Lanka has highlighted the highlight the need to adopt “a pragmatic, context specific approach in addressing issues of transitional justice” and noted that “the approach of each state to reconciliation must be context-specific, taking into account the particularities of each state and the aspirations of its people”.

Manisha Gunasekera

Intervening during an Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on ‘Truth, Justice, Reparation and Non-recurrence’ Pablo de Grieff, at the ongoing 24th Session of the Human Rights Council on Thursday (12 September 2013), Sri Lanka’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva Manisha Gunasekera has observed, that “the Government of Sri Lanka has undertaken a harmonious and holistic approach to reconciliation, taking into consideration a range of cross-cutting issues including resettlement, housing, land, rehabilitation and reintegration of ex-combatants including former child soldiers, democratisation, accountability, demilitarisation, demining, infrastructure development, livelihood development, education, vocational training, trauma and psycho-social counselling, support for female-headed households and war widows, the trilingual policy, etc.  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. 

Gunasekera said “this reconciliation process is also well integrated into the country’s governance system through the wide network of line Ministries and Agencies.  For example, the implementation of the identified recommendations of the LLRC through the National Plan of Action fall within the purview of over 20 line Ministries ranging from, Defence, Public Administration, Justice, Land, Child Development and Women’s Affairs, Education, National Languages and Social Integration, to Culture and Arts and Sports”.

Noting that Sri Lanka had briefed the Council on a regular basis on progress in the different facets of the reconciliation process detailed above, including under Item 2 – General Debate of the current session, the Deputy Permanent Representative said Sri Lanka is pleased that the High Commissioner for Human Rights was able to witness first-hand this multi-faceted nature of Sri Lanka’s reconciliation process during her recent visit, and uphold the progress already achieved.Sri Lankalooked forward to the visit of the Special Rapporteur on IDPs in December this year to review progress in resettlement, to a visit by the SR on Education in the future, and remained committed to continuing engagement with the Council, as well as sharing best practices.

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    ”…. democratisation, accountability, demilitarisation, demining, infrastructure development, livelihood development, education, vocational training, trauma and psycho-social counselling”,…..

    Where on earth all these things are taking place…..Which country she was referring to !!? I was wondering while listening to her.

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    ”Sri Lanka has undertaken a harmonious and holistic approach to reconciliation”….

    Oh !!?

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    Bullshit.

    If all this has been done by the GOSL in the last couple of years, MR and his party should easily get a two thirds majority at the Northern provincial council elections.

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    Rev.Devil
    I like your sense of humour.

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      I like your name dude.

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    nice words picked from the dictionary. no flow or genuine statement of facts in the speech.

    Written by a paid PR agency?

    an admission that they have not acheived any recociling for the lastfour years

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    we have taken a hillarious easy to fool the world approcah to reconciliation. The fact we are hosting CHOGAM is a proof that we are succeeding in our efforts (to fool the IC)

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    Koheda Yanney ? Malley pol!

    Big words, long phrases, must have paid a few dollars to a PR firm in NY to write the speech.

    The UN has the satellite photos of before and after. They can see the structures and movement of people before, and what is missing after!

    They are just waiting for our fools to hang themselves eventually. It took the UN almost 15 years to get to the Bosnian murderers. You think they will forget our lot???? Not in a million years.

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    Percy Jilmart- you are dead right.Why the pandemonium in the north. and to send the army back to their barracks if so much good has been doneto the northern people.
    They will be in love with MR.Got and the army.!

    What is Manisha talking about.Nice string of 20 ministries under whom these ——- issues are taken care of.
    Who are these ministers and where are they.?
    nonsense.

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