Reconciliation and Transitional Justice

               Transitional Justice in Sri Lanka: Asian Perspective                  17th and 18th February 2016 Berjaya Hotel, Mt Lavinia, Sri Lanka

IMADR AC and Asian Democracy Network (AND) co organized an event titled “Transitional Justice in Sri Lanka: Asian Perspective” with the participation of Nepalese, Indonesian, and South Korean experts. Around 60 civil society leaders and activists participated in the event held at Berjaya Hotel, Mt Lavinia, on 17th and 18th February 2016.

Hon. Mano Ganeshan, the minister of Official Languages and National Dialogue gave his remarks by outlining the Government of Sri Lanka’s commitment towards upholding human and democratic rights and implementation of the proposed transitional justice process. Dr Pakiyasothi Saravanamuttu, executive director of Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA), and also the secretary of task force set up to design the reconciliation mechanism, briefed the audience about current status of the consultation process towards the establishment of the transitional justice mechanism in Sri The Asian experience (Nepal, Indonesia, and Timor-Leste) was shared by Mr Haris Azhar (executive director of Kontras – Indonesia), Mr Sushil Pyakurel (former commissioner of Nepal’s National Human Rights Commission), and Mr Shiva Bisangkhe (executive director of Democratic Freedom and Human Rights Institute, Nepal). These regional experts, in their presentations, encouraged the Sri Lankan audience to initiate a process in order to mobilize victims and pressurise those in decision making levels to implement a transitional justice process that will address people’s concerns and In particular, the victims (ex-combatants, family members of the disappeared, and women from women headed families) and the civil society activists drew up an action plan where they can start a proactive process that supports the proposed transitional justice process. The action plan paid attention to each of the pillars of transitional justice process (i.e. truth, accountability, reparation,and non-recurrence), and strategies at community and national levels.

Dr Nimalka Fernando (executive Director of IMADR AC) moderated the event supported by Ms Soo Yon Suh (coordinator of AND secretariat, South Korea).