Groundviews is pleased to present a new web based timeline that traces key events and developments around the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), from its inception to the implementation of its recently released action plan, spanning the next three years. The timeline at launch features over 125 entries, and will be updated regularly.

For a more easily readable and larger version, please click here.

Each entry is colour-coded for easy reference, and the sliding marker at the bottom of the screen also provides visual cues to explore key events and developments at certain times. Projections into the future are based on the official LLRC Action Plan, available here. Note that aspects of the action plan marked as ‘on-going’ or sans any determinable completion date have NOT been included in the timeline (e.g. Recommendation 9.115e – Enact legislation to ensure the right to information).

The colour-coded categorisation of the timeline covers,

  • Foreign Government statements
  • INGO / NGO reports
  • LLRC implementation (waypoints from LLRC Action Plan)
  • LLRC submissions
  • Media reports
  • Official / Government statement
  • UN system statements

In the spirit of open and data driven journalism, Groundviews is making the source material for this timeline available in JSON and CSV formats. JSON enables the material to be easily reused by anyone in other compelling web visualisations or apps. The CSV file can be used as an offline record of the material published in the timeline, and can be opened in any spreadsheet programme like Excel on the desktop or Google Docs online. Though the timeline will be updated regularly, this underlying data will be made available every quarter.

Download the JSON file covering the inception of the LLRC to the publication of the action plan here, and the CSV file, covering same period, from here.

Groundviews maintains a unique archive of media reportage around the LLRC when it was active, and a comprehensive database of submissions to the Commission. Access both here.

The LLRC Archives by the International Centre for Ethnic Studies, the excellent timeline of post-war Sri Lanka by the International Crisis Group, and the LLRC’s own official website were heavily relied on in the creation of our own timeline.

The thumbnail used in the introduction to the timeline and its backdrop are both from photographer Devaka Seneviratne’s portofolio, reproduced with permission.

  • Anpu

    Excellent presentation GV.
    I thought you will be interested in this

  • Neville Perera

    Thank you for continuing your excellent work – you’ve a v prominent place in our timeline of peacebuilding

  • luxmy

    What does this mean please? Who devised the Action Plan please??
    An Action Plan detailing how recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission(LLRC) could be implemented will soon be handed over to the Ministry of Defence by Sri Lanka Army.

    Acting Spokesman for the Sri Lanka Army, Brigadier G. V. Ravipriya yesterday told the Daily News, a board comprising senior officers of Sri Lanka Army had formulated the Action Plan on how to implement the recommendations stipulated in the LLRC report.

    Army Commander Lt. Gen Jagath Jayasuriya had appointed the board about a month ago to formulate the Action Plan, he said.

    “The board has almost finished the draft,” he said. “The Action Plan will be handed over to Army Commander Lt. Gen Jayasuriya for perusal , who will hand it over to Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa,” he said.

    Meanwhile, the Sri Lanka Army is considering making a documentary film about LTTE leader Prabhakaran’s death.

    Army Commander Lt Gen Jayasuriya said that a film would be made to explain to the international community how Prabhakaran died in the battlefield. Acting Spokesman Brigadier Ravipriya said the movie would be made with a view to dispelling various doubts and falsehood that had manifested around his death.

    “The film will be made so that the real story of Prabhakaran’s death is known to the international community. It will depict what really took place and happened,” he added.
    “The project of the film is at the initial stages. This is expected to bring the truth to light,” he said.

    • luxmy

      What’s the date of the posting in the defence website please?

  • Sampath Samarakoon

    Its a grate work.


  • Walter

    In 1948 we had relative peace.
    With the Independence in 1948 the concept of politics was changing.
    Gradually the educated gave way to the masses, it turned drastically downwards after 1956.
    Within a period of 8 years the Political scenario was getting polluted with Language and Religious extremism.
    SWRD led this change for his personal ego, he initiated not knowing that this avalanche of extremism will sweep this Country away from realism.
    It is my belief and conviction that this layer of extremism is linked to the genetics of the Sinhala Race.
    Bandaranayake, though educated and though he mixed with some of the greatest intellects at that time the deep rooted genetics was there and shot into limelight at the first opportunity.
    Gentlemen, Don Stephen Sennanayake stirred the “pot” gently and came out this monster. That means that this Monster lay beneath, until stirred.
    Don Stephen himself had this same genetics hidden.
    The moment he became the first Prime Minister this pot started to “boil” and the clanish mentality seeped out which led to all this chaos.
    Now it is clear that the 71% of this Country have in their blood stream the same genetic code of the Sennanayake’s & Bandaranayake.
    One hundred and fifty years of foreign rule was like a weight on this Genetics. It stirred now and then but the lid was firmly closed.
    Within the last 65 years this genetics has found a fertile ground and is growing by leaps and bounds. RELIGIOUS AND LANGUAGE INTOLERANCE.
    Another 150 years of perhaps Chinese rule may be the only answer to modify this Genetic code.
    If this does not happen, peace will never dawn.

  • Walter

    On second thoughts
    If the armed services is not delinked from civillian activities this mess will be deepened.
    Sri Lanka does not have a Professional army, may be a few officers.
    Why would we have over 20000 deserters?
    We are not paying the army to produce films like how they were asked to grow bandakka and go chasing after the mosquito menace, while the people who are responsible are not called to explain.
    Sorry I forgot that this is the famous “PEARL OF THE INDIAN OCEAN” now being turned into the “miracle of Asia”