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Govt. implementing LLRC recommendations says Hakeem

Govt. implementing LLRC recommendations says Hakeem

2012 Dec 09

The government has the responsibility of implementing Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) recommendations, Minister of Justice and Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) Leader Rauf Hakeem said.
He pointed out that the Presidential Task Force is taking steps to implement LLRC recommendations. He made these comments at a discussion he had with United Nations (UN) representatives and ambassadors of a few countries at the Ministry of Justice, this week.
He said that the Ministry of Justice has focused its attention on legal matters included in LLRC report as well.
“We are hoping to present a Bill to Parliament to protect witnesses. Before we present it to Parliament we have presented it to the Cabinet,” he said.
The minister also pointed out that four High Courts were set up in Colombo, Anuradhapura and Vavuniya in order to solve the cases of Tamil prisoners quickly. He added that judgers have also been appointed to those courts.
“Most of the Tamil prisoners were rehabilitated and socialized. There are very few prisoners to be rehabilitated. The government is taking steps to rehabilitate them very soon,” h e said.
When a question was raised by the Nigerian UN representative asking about devolution of power in Sri Lanka, Minister Hakeem said that devolution of power has already taken place through the 13th Amendment to the Constitution.
“All the Provincial Councils in the country are functioning except the Northern Provincial Council (NPC). The NPC election will take place in 2013,” he said.
UN Representatives from Japan, Nigeria, Rumania and Bangladesh, ambassadors to Sri Lanka from Brazil, Italy and South Africa, also took part to the discussion. (Ceylon Today Online)

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