The possibility exists that the cases registered against General Jayasuriya and the international publicity they have generated, will encourage similar international legal actions not only military personnel, but also political leaders and public service officials who had significant roles to play in the war. International law comes into operation when the national (or domestic) law is not properly implemented. The resolution of the UN Human Rights Council that was co-sponsored by the government in October 2015 states that the government will set up four special domestic mechanisms to deal with the aftermath of the war. These are a truth commission, office of missing persons, office of reparations and special court for accountability purposes.
In March 2017, at the last session of the UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva, the government obtained two more years to implement its commitments. Instead of procrastinating on setting up the four mechanisms promised to the world, the government should start operationalising them. So far only the legislation for the office of missing persons has been passed by parliament and gazetted by the president which will become operational from today. If the government is able to show that it has a credible domestic legal process underway in the transitional justice mechanisms it sets up, and that justice is done within the country, the requirement of international legal processes will diminish correspondingly. The National Peace Council calls on the government to implement the four mechanisms it has promised without further delay.
The National Peace Council is an independent and non partisan organization that works towards a negotiated political solution to the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka. It has a vision of a peaceful and prosperous Sri Lanka in which the freedom, human rights and democratic rights of all the communities are respected. The policy of the National Peace Council is determined by its Governing Council of 20 members who are drawn from diverse walks of life and belong to all the main ethnic and religious communities in the country.