(English) HRCSL Press Notice on Observations and Recommendations on the Commission for Truth, Unity and Reconciliation in Sri Lanka Bill 17.01.2024
The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka wrote to H.E. the President, sharing its observations and recommendations on the Bill titled ‘Commission for Truth, Unity and Reconciliation in Sri Lanka’, which was published in the Official Gazette of 29 December 2023. The Commission acknowledged that the right to truth is a well-established human right under international law and remains a key pillar of transitional justice. However, it stated that this right must be promoted in conjunction with the advancement of other pillars of transitional justice: accountability, reparations, and non-recurrence. In view of strengthening the promotion of transitional justice in Sri Lanka, the Commission presented several observations and recommendations with respect to the proposed Bill.