The Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms called on the Government to champion the cause of transitional justice in the country as such was the need of the hour.
Those in the North and the East who have made representations before the Task Force during public consultations conducted have called for the increased international participation in the said mechanisms pertaining to missing persons, truth, justice, reconciliation, non-recurrence, the judicial mechanism and reparations, the Task Force observed.
Secretary of the Task Force, Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu highlighted that the people of the North and the East who had made representations and submissions did not possess a great deal of faith and trust in the domestic mechanism.
“They are also concerned with how disappearances would be dealt with,” he added.
There have also been public sittings in the South, he explained, adding that the public consultations would be concluded by the end of this month.
“The people have criticisms of the justice system. Also, transitional justice is not an aspect which certain people talk about or are interested in. The participation at the sittings has been fair. The government should have launched a greater public awareness in prior in relation to the matter,” he remarked. (RLJ)