Sri Lanka Brief


  • Grimm: Sri Lankan Government Risks Squandering Hard-Won Opportunity

    Rep. Michael GrimmThe end of a three-decade long civil war in Sri Lanka has given the country an incredible opportunity to address the war’s root cause — long-standing ethnic tension — and forge ahead with its plans for an open, democratic and prosperous future. The war between the government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil […]

  • RC Church welcomes LLRC report

    The Catholic Church yesterday stressed that the voice of the people who had been caught in the conflict for more than 30 years, is clearly embedded in the final report of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) rather than in the report of the experts panel appointed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon. […]

  • LLRC report: Experiment with truth – Hindu Editorial

    The much-awaited report of Sri Lanka’s Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission, tabled in Parliament recently, has established a key fact — that there were “considerable” civilian casualties in the final stages of the military operation that ended in the total defeat of the LTTE. This is a step forward from the Sri Lankan government’s earlier […]

  • Canada commends LLRC report .

    The Canadian government has commended the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) for its final report and urged the Sri Lankan government to implement its recommendations.   But Canada also opined that the report does not “adequately address” the allegations of human rights violations relating to the final stages of the war.“The final report of the […]


    (Sri Lanka Guardian) It has become necessary to reflect on the conflict phase and the sufferings the country has gone through as a whole and learn from this recent history lessons that would ensure that there will be no recurrence of any internecine conflict in the future and assure an era of peace, harmony and […]

  • Findings of the LLRC Report Are ‘Grossly Inadequate’

    Canadian Tamil Congress Preliminary Reaction to the LLRC Report .May 19th, 2009 marked the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war; one of the world’s bloodiest and longstanding ethnic conflicts which left parts of the island distraught, devastated and hundreds of thousands of people displaced. Since the end of the war, there have been persistent and […]

  • LLRC Report & Resettlement of Northern Muslims

    Dr Rifai Recently chairman of the lesson learnt and reconciliation commission C. R.De Silva and his team published their report recommending many reconciliation steps to build a peaceful communal relationship between different communities in Srilanka. Some daily news papers have already begun to publish this report in series so that public will know what is […]

  • Lessons unlearnt and reconciliation deconstructed

    Dr Kumar DavidThe LLRC (Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission) appointed by President Mahinda Rajapakse has submitted its report and it is now in the public domain. I do not intend to summarise the 460-pages but only to give my evaluation in a few paragraphs. I will follow this up with a short closing section in […]

  • Implementing the LLRC recommendations

    Neville Ladduwahetty,While the subject of reconciliation is addressed in Chapter 8 of the LLRC report, recommendations as to how issues pertaining to reconciliation are addressed are contained in Chapter 9. There is bound to be disagreement as to the validity and relevance in respect of the totality of the recommendations. However, there has to be […]

  • No Police Powers to Provinces

    President Mahinda Rajapaksa has reiterated that the demand of the Tamil National Alliance for police powers to the North and East is not a practicable proposition. He pointed out that such an arrangement was causing problems in India, for instance, where during a law and order crisis, the Indian Centre has to liaise with the […]

  • The LLRC report and ‘accountability’ in Sri Lanka

    Gibson Bateman Readers will find no big surprises after reading the final report of Sri Lanka’s Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC).  It is very much what most people were expecting. A document that looks to the future, exonerates the military, does not touch on the question of accountability and includes some touchy-feely language about the […]

  • LLRC Report is Janus-faced in the best, original sense of the term

    Dayan JayatillekaThough not without flaws and lacuna, the long awaited LLRC report does not disappoint, and reaches high standards, ranking with the best reports emanating over the decades from official and semi-official/autonomous Sri Lankan commissions, reviews and probes.  It is a serious, thoughtful, carefully written and constructed text, striking in its fair-mindedness and balance.It deserves […]

  • US Tamil Political Action Council calls for internationally established investigation to ascertain facts and propose remedies

    US Tamil Political Action Council dismayed at flawed domestic inquiry in Sri Lanka: Urgent International Investigation Need of the Hour The United States Tamil Political Action Council (USTPAC) finds the report of Sri Lanka’s domestic inquiry into alleged war crimes deeply flawed and urges the implementation of UN Panel of Experts’ recommendations by creating an international […]

  • LLRC report reflects a shift of thinking which calls for a break with the past of post war nationalism

    Jehan Perera  The initial reaction to the long awaited report of Sri Lanka’s Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission from the international human rights organizations was one of rejection.  They expressed their lack of satisfaction with the commission’s findings, some even going to the extent of calling it a white wash’.Their response would have been shaped […]

  • US wants to see ‘LLRC gaps’ filled domestically by Colombo

     [(((Tamilnet) While Human Rights groups and Tamil parties in the island as well as the diaspora groups slammed the LLRC report by Rajapaksa-appointed Commission of Colombo, the US State Department said “the report has addressed a number of the crucial areas of concern to Sri Lankans” and saw the accountability issue as a domestic one […]

  • TNPF slams LLRC report

     [TamilNet] In a press briefing held in Jaffna following the public release of the LLRC report, the by the Tamil National People Front (TNPF) said it totally rejects the report and added that the report is a deliberate attempt to whitewash the egregious crimes committed against the Tamil people. “The report places the blame on […]

  • GOSL to investigate ‘specific situations’ set out in the LLRC report

    Prof. Peiris decries US stand on LLRC Shamindra Ferdinando – External Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris yesterday decried a statement attributed to US State Department spokesperson, Victoria Nuland, on the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) report, as the most unreasonable statement issued by the State Department.Minister Peiris said that Ms Nuland’s statement had […]

  • Sri Lankan leader accuses US of unfair criticism

    BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI (AP) — Sri Lanka’s president accused the United States on Tuesday of unfairly singling out a government war commission for criticism after it cleared the military of deliberately targeting civilians during the country’s civil war. President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s office said he told newspaper editors that the U.S. is demanding that Sri Lanka immediately […]

  • TNA wants accountability mechanism for Sri Lanka

    K. Radhakrishnan Calling upon 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 Tamil National Alliance on Monday said the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission report “categorically fails to effectively and meaningfully […]

  • Learnt Lessons, Commissioned Reconciliation ., Editorial, Daily Mirror

     It was a political case, both by the critics of the Government within and sections of the international community, that the LLRC was not aimed at, or empowered to address ‘accountability issues’ in terms of ‘war crimes’. The absence of a military expert(s) on the panel should have made clear that a tactical understanding of […]

  • US voices concern on Sri Lanka war report

    (AFP ) The United States on Monday voiced concern over a Sri Lankan commission’s report on the end of the island’s civil war and urged the government to address human rights allegations more fully.  In a 400-page report released last week, the government-created commission cleared the military of charges that it deliberately targeted civilians as […]

  • LLRC: impartial and objective – opinions

    Disna Mudalige and Waruna Padmasiri The final report of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), would help wipe out the scepticism of certain countries and human rights Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) over the commission’s impartiality and objectivity, Plantation Industries Minister and Special Envoy of the President on Human Rights Mahinda Samarasinghe told the Daily […]

  • Sri Lanka needs rule of war, public service: lessons commission

    (LBO) – Sri Lanka has to re-build an independent public service and restore rule of law to give freedom to citizens, a commission of inquiry on lessons learnt and reconciliation following the end of a 30-year civil war has said.  “A democracy must assure a fair system of governance under the Rule of Law rather […]

  • Tamil party of Sri Lanka criticizes Reconciliation Commission report

     The major Tamil political party of Sri Lanka, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) says the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), appointed to probe Sri Lanka’s decades long war, has severely contradicted itself in its report and has a shortcoming as well. TNA parliamentarian and Attorney M.A. Sumanthiran says the party is to give an […]

  • The LLRC Report: A Critical Reading

    For quite sometime, ever since the establishment of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), the Government of Sri Lanka has been asking its critics not to pre-judge the work of the LLRC and to await, patiently, the finalization and publication of the Report. The Report has now been published. What do we have here? […]

  • The LLRC report and SL’s future

    The LLRC report which was presented to Parliament last Friday by the Leader of the House, Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva, is a historic document in that it could pave the way for a new beginning to be made by Sri Lanka in the direction of durable social peace and reconciliation. It is a document […]

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