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President meets religious leaders to discuss Geneva Proposals: President Maithripala Sirisena held a special discussion with religious leaders of all faiths to discuss Geneva Proposals and its challenges, at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo on October 29. The President proposed to set up a committee representing all religions to overcome the existing challenges and agreed to set up an All Religious Committee comprising 25 members. The religious leaders expressed their blessing for the initiatives taken by the President and the Government to build the national and religious reconciliation in the country and said that it is an exemplary initiative to the whole world. Colombo Page, October 30, 2015.

Government decides not to grant common amnesty to Tamil prisoners but to expedite bail procedures for section of Tamil prisoners: The Government on October 26 decided not to grant a common amnesty to the Tamil prisoners but to expedite the bail procedures for a section of the Tamil prisoners. The Government has taken this decision at a high level meeting attended by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Law and Order and Prison Reforms Thilak Marapana, Minister of National Dialogue Mano Ganesan and Minister of Rehabilitation and Resettlement D.M. Swaminathan. Colombo Page, October 28, 2015.

Only extremists and LTTE sympathizers against domestic mechanism, says Sri Lankan PM Ranil Wickremesinghe: The Sri Lankan Prime Minister (PM) Ranil Wickremesinghe has said that only the local extremists and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) sympathizers are against the domestic mechanism proposed in the United Nations (UN) resolution on Sri Lanka adopted at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva last month (September). Participating in the parliamentary debate on the Geneva proposals, the PM said the initiatives, commenced by the Government, aim to unify all communities and heal broken hearts. Colombo Page, October 24, 2015.

Prime Minister tables UNHRC resolution and commission reports in Parliament: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on October 20 tabled the resolution adopted at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) as well as the Udalagama and Paranagama Commission Reports in Parliament. The Prime Minister had earlier said that the Government will debate on the UNHRC resolution after tabling the reports. The report of Maxwell Paranagama, deals with issues related to violation of the International Humanitarian Law or War Crimes allegedly committed by both parties and the recommendations to prevent a repetition. Colombo Page, October 21, 2015.

Government to abolish Missing Persons Commission and replace it with new commission to continue its procedures, says Justice Minister Wijedasa Rajapaksa: Justice Minister Wijedasa Rajapaksa said that the Government is to abolish the Missing Persons Commission and replace it with a new commission to continue its procedures. He said, "The international community has no confidence in the Missing Persons' Commission so it will be abolished. Even locally, most of the people are not happy with the Commission and they have no faith in the process. However, we will not abandon the procedure. We will go ahead with the procedure with a commission which will be more effective." Colombo Page, October 11, 2015.

UNHRC adopts consensus resolution on Sri Lanka to promote accountability, reconciliation and human rights: The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) at its ongoing 30th session in Geneva, on October 1 through consensus adopted a resolution on Sri Lanka on accountability for the alleged human rights violations during war in Sri Lanka. The resolution A/HRC/30/L.29 "Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka" was submitted on September 24 by the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, United Kingdom and the United States and backed by Sri Lanka. Colombo Page, October 3, 2015.

"Our new vision for the country involves achieving the twin objectives of sustainable development and reconciliation," says President Maithripala Sirisena: President Maithripala Sirisena while addressing the 70th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York on September 30 said "Our new vision for the country involves achieving the twin objectives of sustainable development and reconciliation". "A fundamental requirement in this context is dealing with the past honestly and building a modern Sri Lankan Nation. In dealing with the past, we will follow a process of truth seeking, justice, reparation and non-recurrence," he added. Daily News, October 1, 2015.

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