Sri Lanka Brief


  • Implementing urgent issues such as establishing democracy & good governance need not have recommendations of a commission – JVP

    The JVP issuing a press statement regarding the LLRC report states the President appointed the commission not with a genuine intention of studying the occurrences that occurred during the 30 year old separatist war or the socio- economic-political reasons that effected the separatist struggle in Sri Lanka and finding solutions for the issues but to […]

  • LLRC, a farcical attempt at accountability: paper

    (Tamilnet) Noting that the “LLRC has for too long been the international community’s fig leaf, used by governments across the world, including the US and the UK, to stall calls for accountability and a credible investigation into allegations of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide,” the Tamil Guardian in its analysis of the report, […]

  • LLRC shows the way

    The Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) has, with its final report now in the public domain, made its critics including some international human rights groups that questioned its credibility, badmouthed some of its members, pooh-poohed its mission as a ruse and expected it to come out with a whitewash of the government so that […]

  • Police families commend LLRC report

    Family members of the missing policemen in Sri Lanka have welcomed the recommendation by a presidential panel for a full investigation into the alleged killing of six hundred policemen. The Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) has recommended that the killing of nearly 600 policemen in the east by who surrendered to Tamil Tigers in […]

  • LLRC a waste of time and money: JVP

    The JVP today charged that the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) process was a waste of time and money as the government did not appoint the LLRC to solve the national question that still existed even after the war is over. The party politburo in a statement claimed the LLRC was appointed to rescue […]

  • Sri Lanka war report lays blame on both sides

    Ben DohertySRI LANKA’S civil war reconciliation commission has blamed both Sinhalese and Tamil leaders for the violence that gripped the country for more than a quarter of a century, but it has refused to criticise the army for the violence at the end of the conflict, in which it is alleged civilians were targeted and […]

  • LLRC Recommendations: Can the Rajapaksa Regime Digest?

     Kusal Perera Finally, the full report of the long awaited Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) is in public domain, after it was presented in parliament on Friday (16 December, 2011) by the Leader of the House, Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva. He in fact sounded very certain the recommendations would be carried out to […]

  • LLRC calls for Rule of Law, not rule of men

        * Implementation of recommendations crucial for Sri Lanka    * Grievances of Tamil people must be addressed; trilingualism and talks with diaspora suggestedSunday Times Political EditorMore talks on the final report of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) began last week just after President Mahinda Rajapaksa, returned from attending the Asia Pacific Democracy Forum […]

  • Weighing the LLRC report in the scales of justice

     Kishali Pinto JayawardeneStripped of all ambiguities, the moral question regarding state accountability for civilian casualties during the last stages of the war between government troops and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was whether the government deliberately pressed ahead with its military offensive despite knowing full well the terrible toll that it would take.Implicated […]

  • HR groups say report fails to address accountability

    UN Studying LLRC Report Easwaran RutnamThe United Nations (UN) says it is studying the final report of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) which was made public on Friday December 16. Leading international human rights groups, meanwhile, said the report fell short of addressing accountability issues including the ‘white flag’ incident.The much anticipated report of […]

  • Sri Lanka: Report Fails to Advance Accountability

     The report of the Sri Lankan government’s Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) disregards the worst abuses by government forces, rehashes longstanding recommendations, and fails to advance accountability for victims of Sri Lanka’s civil armed conflict, Human Rights Watch said today. The serious shortcomings of the 388-page report, which was posted on a government website […]

  • Armed forces to be withdrawn from community life

    The government, which tabled the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) report in Parliament yesterday, said the armed forces would be withdrawn from all aspects of community life. House Leader Nimal Siripala de Silva tabled the two-volume report and highlighted its salient points. He said the armed forces would disengage themselves from civil administration, and […]

  • LLRC wants political leaders to apologise to people for war

    Saman IndrajithThe Lessons learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) has called for a joint declaration of apology from leaders of all sides to the country’s citizens who have suffered as a result of the 30 year long conflict. “Leaders of all sides should reach out to each other in humility and make a joint declaration, extending […]

  • LLRC report out what next?

    The Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) report presented to the Parliament on last Friday envisaged with 285 main recommendations including allegations for both the major political parties of the country and Tamil political leaders. It has also called for a joint declaration of apology from political leaders of all sides to the country’s citizens […]

  • Heed LLRC’s call to save Rule of Law, Editorial, Sunday Times

      ” Yet, the message is clear. It is not something that independent media in this country and other independent observers and analysts with a love for this country have not said, and continue to say. The LLRC has only endorsed this; that there is something rotting in the state of Sri Lanka, and those […]

  • Now implement recommendations, Editorial, The Nation

    When President Mahinda Rajapaksa appointed a Commission to obtain through representations and discussion the lessons learnt from the decades-long conflict, the act was pooh-poohed by his detractors as an exercise in foot-dragging. Some said he was buckling down to pressure from powerful players in the international community. The Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) has […]

  • LLRC – near enough, or not? Editorial Lakbima News

    The LLRC report released in parliament this week probably sets a record as a document which was mercilessly attacked before it saw proper light of day — without anybody really having seen so much as one single letter or word of its content. Those who aimed broadsides at it probably wanted the document stillborn. They […]

  • Sri Lanka report says military did not target civilians

    Jaimie Cremeans [JURIST] Sri Lanka’s Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission [official website] released a report [text, PDF] Friday concluding that Sri Lanka’s military did not intentionally attack civilians following the country’s civil war. The LLRC was created by the Sri Lankan government in 2010 to investigate 2009 events in which civilians were killed. In compiling […]

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