Dealing with the Past

The International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES) is pleased to invite you to a discussion on ‘Dealing with the Past’ at the ICES Auditorium on 3rd November from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Foreign Minister recently unveiled the Government’s proposals to respond to past human rights violations. The Government was also a co-sponsor to a resolution adopted by consensus by the Human Rights Council in September. The ICES has invited two experts on transitional justice, Bina D’Costa and Eduardo Gonzalez, with a view to contributing to the public debate on truth, justice and accountability.

Eduardo González, who has worked previously with the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the International Center for Transitional Justice in New York, will talk about the experiences of Peru, Tunisia, Colombia, Timor-Leste and Canada. Bina D’Costa is a Fellow at the Australian National University, and will discuss the recent Bangladeshi experience in pursuing accountability.

The objective of the discussion is to contribute to the generation of an organic and relevant process of truth, justice and reconciliation in Sri Lanka. This initiative seeks to do this by providing space for key decision-makers from different communities to dialogue and debate the variety of different options that may be available, in order to forge a truth, justice and reconciliation process that is sensitive to the peculiarities of the Sri Lankan conflict. The discussion in Colombo is part of a series of dialogues that took place in Jaffna and Trincomalee previously, and will take place in Galle and Nuwara Eliya over the next 10 days.

Since seating is limited, please confirm your participation by phone or email to Lakmali on 11 2685085 or 11 2679745 or