Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) members elected to Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Ratnapura local government bodies yesterday took their oaths before former President Mahinda Rajapaksa at his Wijerama Mawatha residence. Following the oath taking ceremony, Rajapaksa speaking with some members, including youngest elected woman member at Feb. 10 polls, Sachini Kariyawasam, 20, (extreme left) representing the Anuradhapura Municipal Council.

(Pic by Jude Denzil Pathiraja)

Draft Bill to be gazetted soon

The Cabinet of Ministers, on 6 March 2018, has approved the formulation of legislation by the Legal Draftsman, for the establishment by law of an Office for Reparations. Once the draft legislation with translations into local languages has been finalised, the draft Bill was expected to be gazetted shortly, Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva Ravinatha Aryasinha told the 37th session of the Human Rights Council on Monday (March 19).

Office for Reparations is one of the four mechanisms prescribed by Geneva Resolution 30/1 co-sponsored by Sri Lanka on Oct 01, 2015. Of the four outfits, Sri Lanka recently established an Office for Missing Persons (OMP) and the Office for Reparations is the second mechanism now expected to be set up.

They’ll be followed by a truth-seeking commission and a special court with independent counsel.



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