Posts Tagged ‘Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission’

Sri Lanka: Report Fails to Advance Accountability

Friday, December 16th, 2011

[Human Rights Watch]

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 on December 16, 2011, highlight the need for an international investigative mechanism into the conflict as recommended by the United Nations Secretary-General’s Panel of Experts in April.

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Sri Lankan civilians ‘not targeted’, says report

Friday, December 16th, 2011

[Channel 4]

The Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission, appointed by the Sri Lankan government last year, admitted that some isolated allegations of civilian abuses by security forces at the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war in 2009 need to be investigated further.

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Sri Lankan envoy criticizes Canada over inquiry calls

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

[CTV News]

OTTAWA — Sri Lanka says Canada is falling for terrorist “propaganda” with its newfound criticism of the Asian country’s human-rights record and its demands for an international inquiry.

What South Africa can do to help with reconciliation in Sri Lanka

Sunday, July 24th, 2011

[International Crisis Group]

As South Africa knows better than most, a country cannot begin to overcome decades of internal conflict without a sustained effort at revealing the truth of the past and a committed push for reconciliation. If only Sri Lanka could learn that lesson.

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Protecting Human Rights in Sri Lanka

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

[Huffington Post]

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s visit to India this week offers a vital opportunity for the world’s two greatest democracies to jointly promote their common values supporting freedom and civil rights in South Asia — a region where extremism and China’s influence continues to grow. More specifically, the U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue must include a strategy for protecting human rights and fundamental democratic principles in Sri Lanka. Two years have passed since the end of the island-nation’s 26-year civil war, yet little has been done to address the underlying causes of the conflict.

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Reconciliation in Sri Lanka: Harder than Ever

Monday, July 18th, 2011

[International Crisis Group]

Two years since the defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), Sri Lanka is further from reconciliation than ever. Triumphalist in its successful “war on terror”, the government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa has refused to acknowledge, let alone address, the Tamil minority’s legitimate grievances against the state. The regime destroyed the Tigers by rejecting the more conciliatory approach of prior governments and adopting the insurgents’ brutality and intolerance of dissent. Now, contrary to the image it projects, the government has increasingly cut minorities and opponents out of decisions on their economic and political futures rather than work toward reconciliation. As power and wealth is concentrated in the Rajapaksa family, the risks of renewed conflict are growing again. Partners, especially India, Japan, the U.S., UK, European Union (EU) and UN, should send a strong message against increasing authoritarianism, condition aid on transparency and restored civilian administration in north and east and support accountability, including an international inquiry into alleged atrocities by both sides in the war’s final stages.

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