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Sri Lankan government appoints ‘Special Task Force’ to gauge public opinion on UN resolution

The Sri Lankan government announced it will be appointing a ‘Special Task Force’ to examine public opinion on the implementation of a UN Human Rights Council resolution calling for accountability for violations of international humanitarian law.

The 11-member group, which includes Manouri Muttetuwegama and Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, will begin work after the arrival of the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence Pablo de Greiff, according to state television broadcasting reports ColomboPage.

Mr de Greiff visited the island in April last year, and subsequently submitted a report on Sri Lanka to the UN Human Rights Council in September.

Amongst those to be surveyed for the views on the UN resolution are “students, members of the security forces and the public who faced the war”, ColomboPage added.