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UN regrets Sri Lanka's slow progress in establishing transitional justice mechanisms

United Nations while welcoming the Sri Lankan Government's constructive engagement with Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the human rights mechanisms, on Wednesday regretted Sri Lanka's slow progress in establishing transitional justice mechanisms.United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kate Gilmore presenting the written update on progress in promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka (A/HRC/37/23) between March 2017 and January 2018 at the 37th session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC).In the absence of concrete results or publicly available drafts of legislation, it seems doubtful that the transitional justice agenda committed to by the Government under this Council's resolution 30/1 could be fully implemented before our next report in March 2019.We also regret that the commissioners of the Office of Missing Persons were only recently appointed, 20 months after the adoption of the legislation.Further there has been insufficient progress in returning land occupied by the military. Trust will not be rebuilt if land grabbing continues, nor without independent mechanisms established to determine fair compensations for land reserved for security reasons.…………….Please Log in or Subscribe to view full details…..

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