Sri Lanka Brief


  • LLRC report places govt in the dock over five issues

     Dr. Vikramabahu Karunaratne –  The full report of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) is in public domain, after it was presented in parliament on 16 December, by the Leader of the House, Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva. He in fact made it very certain that the recommendations would be carried out to the […]

  • US For International Probe -White House responds to AI petition

    Easwaran Rutnam –  The United States is to push for an international accountability mechanism in Sri Lanka over alleged Human Rights violations.   Michael H. Posner, Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor at the U.S Department of State has said this in a response to a petition filed by Amnesty International, […]

  • On those inconvenient ‘truths’ in the LLRC report

    Kishali Pinto Jayawardene  – Several months ago, President Mahinda Rajapaksa declared to the world that the ‘truth’ in regard to the last stages of the war between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and government forces will be revealed by the Report of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) commissioned by himself (see […]

  • The LLRC Report: Foundation for a new beginning in 2012?

    Rajan Philips –  By a curious coincidence, the LLRC Report was tabled in parliament and released electronically on 16 December 2011, the 40th anniversary of the end of the war of liberation of Bangladesh. Sri Lanka’s war started and ended quite differently, even though the birth of Bangladesh in 1971, after nine months of violent […]

  • Tamils in Sri Lanka doubtful about latest LLRC report

    In December, the report of the Sri Lanka’s Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) was published. It called on the government to investigate war crimes by both sides (government armed forces and the Tamil LTTE army). It also stipulated requirements for long-term reconciliation between Sinhalese and Tamil groups. But are there signs of any form […]

  • LRRC report disproves Govt’s “No HR violations” claim – UNP

    Zacki Jabbar – The governments contention that there were no civilian casualties during the last stages of the war against the LTTE, has been disproved by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission Report, UNP MP Lakshman Kiriella said yesterday.He told a news conference in Colombo that the LLRC has referred to human rights violations on […]

  • LLRC somewhat endorses the UN report – UNP MP Kiriella

    The LLRC report has somewhat endorsed the Report on Sri Lanka compiled by the Expert Panel appointed by the UN chief Ban ki Moon, UNP MP Lakshman Kiriella said today. Addressing a press briefing he added that contrary to the government’s claim of ‘zero civilian casualty’ at the end of the war, the LLRC has […]

  • Would Lessons Be Learnt From the Lessons Learnt Commission?

    The much-awaited LLRC report is finally out. Anik Pituwa would have welcomed a more forthright report with less “wahen oro” (indirect) language, especially about the last stages of the war and allegations of human rights. The report appears to be a compromise- between those who understand the international and internal ramifications of the issues involved […]

  • LLRC ignores torture and evades accountability – Freedom form Torture

    ”The remarkable failure to acknowledge at all, let alone address, widespread use of torture by the Sri Lankan authorities – either during or following the conflict – makes a mockery of the Commission’s objective to promote reconciliation by recognising the losses and suffering of the past. Either the Commission has chosen to paper over any […]

  • LLRC report, an inconvenient truth?

    ”On the whole, the LLRC final report presents the government with inconvenient truths that lay bare the factual inaccuracies and inadequacies of its own post war policy trajectory and narrative. This coming from not from the UN’s Darrusman report but from our own CR (Bulla) De Silva report, comprising by no means government opponents, but […]

  • International responses to the LLRC Report

    Dr. Kumar David  – Assessing how the international community is reacting, the LLRC Report is the strategic key for the regime. For the government, what the locals think is irrelevant. Not only Rajapaksa and his ministers but just about everybody in the country knows and has known for a long time how to reconcile with […]

  • Tamil polity and LLRC report

     The report of the LLRC would count as amongst the most important public documents that investigates and analyses the causes of the ethnic conflict and problems of governance in the country. However, the TNA’s preliminary statement on it echoed that of international human rights organizations which strongly critiqued and rejected the LLRC report. Earlier they […]

  • LLRC Report gives badly needed breathing space for Rajapaksa govt

     –  Col R Hariharan– The Rajapaksa government should be happy with the report of the Commission of Inquiry on Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation (LLRC) presented to the Sri Lankan parliament on December 16, 2011 as it has not pinpointed responsibility on anyone (other than political and systemic weaknesses and the LTTE) for the mess Sri […]

  • LLRC Report vital in reconciliation process – Minister Wimal Weerawansa

    Uditha Kumarasinghe – Construction, Engineering Services, Housing and Common Amenities Minister Wimal Weerawansa said the approach adopted by the LLRC Report is of paramount importance for the Government’s reconciliation process. The Minister told the Sunday Observer that the need of the hour is to strengthen bilateral relations with friendly countries and also to win over […]

  • Using the LLRC report as a consensus mechanism

     (Kishali Pinto Jayawardene  ) A careful and sober reading of the Report of Sri Lanka’s Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) reveals its many complexities when weighed against the current political ethos. Gradually, the responses to this Report are bound to be far more measured rather than starkly divided between those who unhesitatingly support its […]

  • President to meet his partners against LLRC

     (Sanjaya Nallaperuma) President Rajapaksa is to meet representatives of the constituent parties of United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance (UPFA) next week to discuss the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) report. This comes in the wake of several constituent parties, including the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) and the Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) making scathing comments […]

  • LLRC Report: Sri Lanka’s Ghosts of War

    ”The report is a valuable document, but regarding the war’s terrible final weeks, it is largely an apologia for the army. The commission admits only that “civilian casualties had in fact occurred in the course of cross-fire,” and blames the Tigers for most of them. The commission asserts that the government was confronted with an […]

  • LLRC report covers all relevant ground – Australian MP

    (Disna MUDALIGE ) The Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) report sets the framework for practical reconciliation in Sri Lanka, said Australian Member of Parliament Telmo Languiller who is on a brief visit to look into the ground situation in post war Sri Lanka. Addressing a media conference in Colombo yesterday he welcomed both the […]

  • LLRC Report: JHU to act strongly against recommendations

    Continuing its strong line against the LLRC report, the JHU warns of a strong political decision if the government goes ahead with implementing the commission recommendations.JHU spokesman Nishantha Sri Warnasinghe said they have already made their strong objections known to the LLRC report.He was responding to a question by ‘Srilankamirror’ over a remark by UNP’s […]

  • LLRC: Another Nail in the Coffin of Justice, Democracy and Freedom

    (Surendra Ajit Rupasinghe )The entire value of the LLRC report rests upon two conditions: First, whether it addresses the core issues raised by allegations of violations of international humanitarian and human rights law, including war crimes and crimes against nature and humanity. The core issues include targeting civilians, shelling of No-Fire Zones and hospitals, atrocities […]

  • TNA calls for an international mechanism for accountability in SL

     The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has called on the international community to establish a “mechanism for accountability” to bring to book the perpetrators of war crimes during the last stages of the Eelam War that ended in May 2009.The party has said the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) report, “categorically fails to effectively and […]

  • ‘The Tamil diaspora does not want peace’

    Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa defeated the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), ending the 30-year-old ethnic war. But a political settlement eludes the country. In this interview with R. Bhagwan Singh at his Temple Tree residence in Colombo, the President spoke about relations with India and China, and the difficulties in relation to the […]

  • ‘Please Stop Saying you Unified Country Because Sri Lanka was Never Divided to be Unified’-Sangaree Writes to Mahinda

    Tamil United Liberation Front(TULF) Secretary – General and former Parliamentarian Veerasingham Anandasangaree has in a letter written to President Mahinda Rajapaksa stressed that a solution to the Ethnic problem is needed immediatelyHere is the text of the TULF leader’s letter: 2011.12.26 His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa,President of the Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka,Temple Trees,Colombo – 03 […]

  • LLRC report: Right to Information revisited

    “The Commission was deeply disturbed by persistent reports concerning attacks and obstacles placed on journalists and media institutions including news websites and killing of journalists and the fact that these incidents remain to be conclusively investigated and perpetrators brought to justice. The Commission was also alarmed by the deplorable attack on the Editor of the […]

  • Tamils to blame for Lanka solution delay: Rajapaksa

    Brushing aside the criticism that he is nowhere near delivering a political solution even 30 months after ending the Eelam war, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has blamed Tamils, within the country and outside, for the delay by refusing to participate in the consultative process authored by him.“The parliamentary select committee [PSC] is a good […]

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