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Sri Lanka reveals war crimes plan

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 01:29

Sri Lanka unveils plans for a South Africa-style truth and reconciliation commission to civil war investigate atrocities. Paul Chapman reports.

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PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL WHICH WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3 Sri Lanka's civil war ended in 2009 after raging for more than a quarter of a century. Six years later the United Nations is due to release a long-delayed report into war crimes committed by the government and Tamil Tiger rebels during the conflict. Sri Lanka's new government's unveiled plans to launch a truth and reconciliation commission similar to that used by South Africa to look into the allegations. The move was announced by Sri Lanka's foreign minister in Geneva. (SOUNDBITE)(English) SRI LANKAN FOREIGN MINISTER MANGALE SAMARAWEERA SAYING: "This mechanism is envisaged as having a dual structure - a compassionate council composed of religious dignitaries from all major religions in this country, and a structure composed of commissioners. Two: an office on missing persons based on the principle of the families' right to know, to be set up by statute with expertise from the ICRC and in line with internationally accepted standards." The government's promised to investigate civil war atrocities by both sides but world bodies have been frustrated by failed plans and lack of criminal indictments. South Africa is to advise Sri Lanka on its truth and reconciliation commission which it used to confront its own apartheid-era crimes. Sri Lanka's also proposing a criminal justice mechanism, and compensation for the victims.

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Sri Lanka reveals war crimes plan

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 01:29