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Implementing LLRC recommendations in Sri Lanka: Progress?


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Sri Lanka has achieved considerable progress in implementing the recommendations made by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) and ready to defend its record at the next session in Geneva, Foreign Secretary Karunathilaka Amunugama said.

So says the President’s Media Unit. We are a tad less sanguine. Even a cursory reading of the latest LLRC NAP Monitoring Report, updated on 2013.01.22, indicates significant gaps between propaganda and reality.

As we tweeted a few days ago,

Based on the above, we asked the international community why they aren’t more rigorously questioning the Sri Lankan government on its unfulfilled pledges.

We also flagged how propaganda and misdirection have subsumed meaningful implementation of even a severely truncated selection from the full list of recommendations, as noted in the LLRC Final Report.

If the Sri Lankan government can’t even report honestly about promises its made, what real hope for reconciliation is there?