The government plans to create an independent Commission of Truth, Unity and Reconciliation through an Act of Parliament, the President’s Media Division said on Friday.
The PMD said that the concept paper for the draft legislation was being developed in consultation with stakeholders and would soon be accessible for additional comments emphasizing an inclusive approach to strengthen national unity through truth, transitional justice, reconciliation, reparation and social cohesion.
The PMD said that the key objective of this process was to establish the truth regarding post-conflict grievances of Sri Lankan citizens, facilitating reconciliation, reparation and sustainable peace. The proposed Commission acknowledges every Sri Lankan’s inalienable right to ascertain the truth, a pivotal aspect for individuals and communities to heal from past conflicts.
Additionally, the Commission aims to ensure and strengthen national unity, peace, the rule of law, coexistence, equality, tolerance, respect for diversity and reconciliation among the people of Sri Lanka. This commitment extends to preventing any recurrence of disharmony and future conflict between the multi-ethnic and diverse communities, the PMD said.