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Sri Lanka- No Hurry to Implement Recommendations of War Commission

The LLRC report contained several recommendations.

Former Sri Lankan diplomat Bernard Gunathilaka (back to camera) gives testimony to LLRC
Former Sri Lankan diplomat Bernard Gunathilaka (back to camera) gives testimony to LLRC. Photo: dslanka.org

(COLOMBO, Sri Lanka) - Implementation of all the recommendations of a war commission appointed by Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa will not be rushed, a Sri Lankan envoy said on Sunday.

Sri Lanka's Ambassador to the United States Jaliya Wickramasuriya said the government also stood strongly against a resolution to be presented by the U.S. to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva calling on the government to adopt the recommendations of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC).

The LLRC was appointed by Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to look into some concerns raised over the conduct of the war between the Sri Lankan military and Tamil Tiger rebels.

The rebels were defeated in May 2009 but human rights groups alleged that the military had violated the rules of war during the final battle.

The LLRC had submitted its final report to the president late last year and the report contained several recommendations.

Wickramasuriya said that international pressure might make it difficult for Sri Lanka to implement the recommendations of the LLRC. "Considering all the changes the country has undergone in the post-conflict period, it is important that Sri Lanka be given the chance to overcome its challenges," Ambassador Wickramasuriya said. "It is only natural, then, that Sri Lanka would not wish to encounter measures that some countries may bring to the Human Rights Council."

Wickramasuriya noted that several committees and Sri Lanka's Department of Justice have already been tasked with looking at the recommendations of the LLRC and its implementation. "Pressure from some part of the international community is unacceptable," Ambassador Wickramasuriya said."It is the firm conviction of the government of Sri Lanka that it will not favor any external intervention to probe into its domestic issues. Further, such action would not be in keeping with established international procedure, where the domestic process needs to be exhausted prior to any international action."

The recommendations of the LLRC include the prosecution of those suspected of committing war crimes, the resolution of land disputes, the accommodation of war widows, investigations into those who are still missing, the issuance of death certificates to those who are confirmed to be deceased, investigations into armed independent groups and a number of other measures.

Source: GNA

Special thanks to Business Ghana





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Murigan February 28, 2012 2:52 am (Pacific time)

So much for "democracy" in Sri Lanka. The Tyrant Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka Army and Rajapaksa Paramilitary Thugs Threatened the Tamil people and forced them to take part in anti-UN protests Batticaloa. SLA operated paramilitary operatives, dispatched by the occupying Sri Lanka Army in Batticaloa, visited the Village Development Council (VDC) leaders in various villages in the district on Monday instructing the heads of the VDCs to have at least 150 people to get on board the buses they would be bringing to transport civilians against their will to march from Batticaloa Hindu College to the Clock Tower in Batticaloa city. The heads of VDCs were told that they would have to resign their posts if they failed to meet the demand. The people, gathered against their will were then taken to Batticaloa city and were forced to burn the effigy of US President Barack Obama and to chant slogans against the UNHRC session taking place in Geneva.


David Holden February 28, 2012 2:51 am (Pacific time)

Sri Lanka Government Killing the Journalists and attacking Media Outlets. Distributed Denial-of-Service Attack (DDoS), identified by the service provider of TamilNet as originating in an orchestrated way from certain affluent parts of the world, has been disrupting web traffic of TamilNet.com since Saturday. The attack on the independent media reporting to the world on Tamil affairs coincides with the opening of the 19th sessions of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHCR) in Geneva


Sam February 28, 2012 2:50 am (Pacific time)

Sri Lanka Government Minister threatens US Sri Lanka's public relations minister, Mervyn Silva expressed his thoughts on a US resolution at the UNHRC. According to BBC correspondent Charles Haviland, Silva said Monday, "Americans, if you want to die like dogs ... come to Sri Lanka"


Anil February 28, 2012 2:47 am (Pacific time)

Mahinda Rajapakse and his brother Gotabhaya Rajapakse are war criminals amd they must be tried under international law. They killed about 100000 innocent Tamils under the name of LTTE. Does babies, 5-10 yrs old childrens, about 60 yrs old old men and women were LTTE cadres? SL must realise, it has not won. It has only lost the war

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