Sri Lanka's cabinet of ministers recently gave its approval that an Office of Missing Persons be established. The OMP is one of the main pillars of Sri Lanka's transitional justice agenda. The OMP still needs to be approved by parliament, though the cabinet's decision is a development that merits attention.
The revered Latin American writer Eduardo Galeano wrote these words a few months after the events he alludes to: On May 10, 2013, 30 years after the crimes were committed, former dictator General Efraín Ríos Montt was convicted of genocide and crimes against humanity against the Maya Ixil population and sentenced to 80 years is prison.
If the genocide trial does restart, the role of the international community will be of utmost importance to ensuring a fair process. There is little doubt that there will be strong opposition from conservative elites and from sectors of the military. But the desire for the victims for truth and justice remains steadfast.