JANUARY 2017

TJ INSIGHT

On the 30th of January, almost a month after the public release of the Consultation Task Force (CTF) report, members of the CTF were finally able to meet with President Sirisena to formally hand over their report. In the meantime, impatience and disappointment have been growing both in Colombo and in the peripheries. Members of the Zonal Task Forces and those who actively participated in the consultation exercise have expressed deep disappointment at the absence of a formal endorsement of the CTF report by the President and members of the government.

The lack of progress on the establishment of the OMP is also deeply worrying. The Ministry of Defence is known to have demanded extensive amendments. On the 7th of February, the Cabinet of Ministers approved an amendment to the OMP Act repealing article 11 paragraph (a) of the Act. This paragraph expressly enabled the Office to enter into agreements with an individual or an organization in performing its tasks. Arguably however, the power to enter into agreements with individuals or organizations remains despite this amendment, by virtue of other more general provisions. At this stage, it is crucial that no further changes that could weaken the OMP’s investigative powers or undermine its independence are introduced.

WHAT’S NEW

ARTICLES

‘Insights on Sri Lanka’s Transitional Justice Process’ by Taylor Dibbert and Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu on 1/15/2017

‘International Judges ‘Dilemma’: CTF Report And Political Stance’ by Anushka Kahandagama on 1/31/2017

‘Remarks by Foreign Minister at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, London’ on 1/11/2017

‘Sri Lanka: Adopt Task Force’s Justice Proposals’ by Human Rights Watch on 1/12/2017

‘Transitional Justice in Sri Lanka: Lessons So Far and the Long Road Ahead’ by Bhavani Fonseka on 1/11/2017

‘கானல் நீராகுமா காணாமல் போனோர் அலுவலகம் ?’ by IBC Tamil on 1/27/2017

‘நீதியை மறுக்கவா உண்மை கண்டறியும் ஆணைக்குழுவை முதன்மைப்படுத்துகிறது அரசாங்கம்?’ by Dr. Isabelle Lassee on 1/22/2017

‘යුද්ධයක සැබෑ තත්වයන් නොසලකා නඩු පැවරීම ආරක්ෂක අංශ සාමාජිකයන්ට දැඩි අසාධාරණයක්’ by Saranee Gunathileke on 1/11/2017

PUBLICATIONS

‘A Gendered Approach To Transitional Justice In Sri Lanka: Women's Perspectives And International Best Practices’ by Raquel Saavedra and Shreen Saroor on 1/24/2017

A GENDERED APPROACH TO TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE IN SRI LANKA: WOMEN'S PERSPECTIVES AND INTERNATIONAL BEST PRACTICES

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SACLS’ new report seeks to provide guidance for practitioners and policy makers on how to best structure transitional justice mechanisms to effectively address the gendered aspects of Sri Lanka’s armed conflict, as well as to effectively promote gender equality and women’s empowerment as Sri Lanka moves forward towards lasting peace. The report makes a number of recommendations drawn from international best practices and local consultations and seeks to answer the following: what would gender sensitiveness and responsiveness entail for Transitional Justice in Sri Lanka?

 

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