Have you been directly affected by the war in Sri Lanka? Do you know someone who has? If so there is now an opportunity to make your voice heard
The United Nations Human Rights Council and the Government of Sri Lanka have agreed an approach to dealing with the aftermath of Sri Lanka’s civil war and the war crimes which were committed in the course of the conflict. While this approach might not be perfect, it represents the best (and currently only) mechanism whereby investigations, justice, compensation, acknowledgement and all the steps needed to give Sri Lanka a chance of a lasting peace can occur.
A consultation process has been set up and it is now calling for people to write to them. If this process is to work, then it will need to reflect the wishes and views of those who were directly affected by the war. If that means you, please write in and tell them what you think.
You can join in the consultation in two ways:
- Write to firstname.lastname@example.org or by registered post to “Secretariat for Coordinating Reconciliation Mechanisms, Republic building, Sir Baron Jayathilaka Mw., Colombo 01, Sri Lanka” and let the Consultation Task Force know what you think.
- Go to this link and fill in the form, which will ask you a series of questions designed to find out your views.
Submissions can be made by individuals, groups and organizations, in Sinhala, Tamil or English. The Task Force would like to request contact information along with submissions in the event further information is required. Please note that your submission to the Consultation Task Force will be made public, unless you request that it should be kept confidential. The deadline is 1st May 2016, however early submission is encouraged.
The Sri Lanka Campaign is in no way involved with this consultation process. However we believe that is very important that as many war survivors and war-affected individuals as possible be involved in it. There are no strict rules as to who should or shouldn’t partake in this exercise. However, if you were not directly affected by the war, please do not take part, as your voice might drown out those of individuals who were.
We do understand that many people affected by the war will have fears about participating in the process. Security is a real concern and we know very little about what sort of witness protection measures are in place. Given the Government of Sri Lanka’s consistent failing to take witness protection seriously we must assume the worst. Please do not take any unnecessary risks in order to participate, and consider carefully the details you give and the way in which you identify yourself. However, despite these flaws and witness protection failings, we hope some people will feel able to take part, in order to make sure survivors voices cannot be ignored – and indeed to lay bare these shortcomings.
If you know a war survivor who doesn’t speak English, please forward them the appropriate message below, taken from the consultation website.
ජිනීවාහි එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ මානව හිමිකම් කවුන්සිලයේ සැප්තැම්බර් 2015 දින පැවති සැසිවාරයේදී හා රජය විසින් සම-අනුග්රහය දැක්වූ යෝජනාව තුළ ඒවා සාක්ෂාත් කර ගැනීමට පහත සඳහන් යාන්ත්රණ සලකා බලමින් පවතින බව රජය විසින් සඳහන් කර ඇත.o විශේෂ නීතිඥවරයෙකුගෙන් සමන්විත අධිකරණ යාන්ත්රණයක්
o සත්යය, යුක්තිය, සංහිඳියාව සහ නැවත ඇති වීම වැළැක්වීමේ ක්රියාමාර්ග සඳහා කොමිසමක්
o වින්දිත සහන කාර්යාලයක්
o අතුරුදහන් වූවන් වෙනුවෙන් කාර්යාලයක්සංහිඳියා යාන්ත්රණ උදෙසා ප්රවිචාරණ කාර්ය සාධක බලකාය විසින් මේ පිළිබඳව සහ වෙනත් ව්යුහ, ක්රියාවලි සහ ක්රියාමාර්ග පිළිබඳව ඔබගේ අදහස් සහ යෝජනා විමසා සිටී. මෙම වෙබ් අඩවියට අමතරව සංහිඳියා යාන්ත්රණ උදෙසා ප්රවිචාරණ කාර්ය සාධක බලකාය විසින් දිවයින පුරා මත විමසීම් පවත්වනු ඇත
மனித உரிமை மீறல்களுக்கான வகைப்பொறுப்பை உத்தரவாதப்படுத்துதல், உண்மையையும் நீதியையும் கண்டறிதல், இழப்பீடுகளுக்கு பரிகாரங்களை வழங்குதல் ஆகிய விடயங்கள் தொடர்பாக அரசாங்கம் மேற்கொள்ள வேண்டிய நடவடிக்கைகளுக்கான பொறிமுறைகளையும், வழிமுறைகளையும் பற்றிய பொதுமக்களின் கருத்துக்களை அறிவதற்கான ஒரு செயலணியை இலங்கை அரசாங்கம் 2016 ஜனவரி 26 ஆந் திகதி நிறுவியுள்ளது.ஜெனீவா நகரில், 2015 செப்டெம்பரில்; இடம்பெற்ற ஐக்கிய நாடுகளின் மனித உரிமைகள் பேரவை, கூட்டத்தொடரின் போதான பிரேரணைக்கு அரசாங்கம் இணை அனுசரணை வழங்கியது. மேற்குறிப்பிட்ட விடயங்களை அடைவதற்கு பின்வரும் பொறிமுறைகள் மீது அரசாங்கம் கவனம் செலுத்துகின்றது.
• விசேட சட்டத்தரணிகளுடனான நீதித்துறை பொறிமுறை
• உண்மை, நீதி, நல்லிணக்கம் மற்றும் மீள்நிகழாமை ஆணைக்குழு
• இழப்பீடுகளுக்கான அலுவலகம்
• காணாமற் போனோர் பற்றிய அலுவலகம்
இவ்விடயங்கள் தொடர்பாகவும், ஏனைய கட்டமைப்புக்கள் – வழிமுறைகள் – நடவடிக்கைகள் பற்றியும் உங்கள் அபிப்பிராயங்களையும், யோசனைகளையும் செயலணி எதிர்பார்க்கின்றது. இவ் இணையத்தளத்திற்கு மேலதிகமாக ஒட்டுமொத்த இலங்கையில் இருந்தும் செயலணி கருத்துக்களை அறியும்.