The Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) is going to present its Voluntary National Review (VNR) during the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), which will take place from 09 to 18 July 2018 at UN Headquarters in New York.
The GoSL has submitted the Report of Sri Lanka Voluntary National Review on 18 June 2018. The VNR is a critical component of the review and implementation of the 2030 Agenda and SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals).
Report of Sri Lanka VNR has blocked out the entire UNHRC process and information related to UNHRC resolution 30/1. It has totally ignored its earlier commitment to the international community regarding the implementation of transitional justice mechanisms.
“No Sustainable Development without Transitional Justice”
Through the resolutions 30/1 – the Government of Sri Lanka accepted 25 key commitments comprising of four Transitional Justice mechanisms – an accountability mechanism, truth-seeking, reparation programmes and institutional reforms. These transitional justice commitments must be immutable part of Sri Lanka’s Sustainable Development Agenda 2030. Without transitional justice, sustainable development agenda could not be achieved in Sri Lanka.
Representatives of PASUMAI THAAYAGAM Foundation will be participating UN HLPF from 09 to 18 July 2018. We will urge the concerned stakeholders to pressurize the GoSL to include its transitional justice commitments – an accountability mechanism, truth-seeking, reparation programmes and institutional reforms – in its VNR with clear implementation timeline.
We already filed our concerns through “Major Groups and other Stakeholders (MGoS) collaborative statements”, the HLPF official civil society participation mechanism.
A background document is attached: MISSING ACCOUNTABILITY for ATROCITY CRIMES in SRI LANKA VNR to HLPF 2018.
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