The Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) report, along with the National Action Plan to implement the recommendations of the LLRC (Action Plan), are the two key documents produced by the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) outlining its process of reconciliation after three decades of war. Over two years have passed since the Cabinet approved the Action Plan in July 2012; nearly three years since the LLRC report was presented to the President in November 2011, and five years since the end of the war.

In February 2014, the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) conducted a critical study of the implementation of the LLRC recommendations, which illustrated the piecemeal progress made by the GoSL. Here, CPA highlights statements by key Government officials on the progress of implementation of the LLRC.  It is noteworthy how Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe in March 2013 claimed that 99% of the LLRC Action Plan had been implemented, with President Rajapaksa claiming in May 2014 that only 30% had been implemented. These discrepancies highlight the lack of clarity across the GoSL on reconciliation efforts. More importantly they highlight not only the illusion of progress the GoSL is attempting to depict in terms of reconciliation, but also the lack of a genuine commitment on its part to implement the LLRC recommendations.

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  • Fitzpatrick

    Mahinda in an exclusive interview with Ms. S. Haider of the Hindu (Who is the daughter of Subramanium Swamy) says the following:

    Tell us what you think the Sri Lankan-appointed Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commisson (LLRC) has achieved so far?

    We have already implemented 35 proposals of the LLRC and more are to be implemented. Some of them deal with issues like land, which can’t be done overnight.

    I wonder what “percentage” 35 proposals make

    The interview is here;

  • JayN

    Successive Sri-Lankan governments have not even implemented the limited devolution proposed in the Indo-Lanka Accord of 1987!

    Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) was a whitewash!

    The regime has failed to deliver on the key LLRC recommendations:

    It has done NO credible investigations into allegations of war crimes, disappearances or other serious human rights violations;

    Instead of establishing independent institutions for oversight and investigation, it has removed the last remnants of judicial independence through the impeachment of the chief justice;

    LLRC has been heavily criticised by international human rights groups, the UN Panel of Experts and others due its limited mandate, lack of independence and its failure to meet minimum international standards or offer protection to witnesses.

    “You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.” Abraham Lincoln

  • JayN

    According to Amnesty’s report “Twenty Years of Make-Believe” published in 2009:

    1. There have been many Presidential Commissions and Inquires in Sri Lanka. Commissions of Inquiry have not worked as mechanisms of justice.

    Presidential Commissions have proved to be little more than tools to launch partisan attacks against opponents or to deflect criticism when the state has been faced with overwhelming evidence of its complicity in human rights violations.

    2. The failure of the Presidential Commissions and Inquires as a justice strategy has been demonstrated most clearly by the findings of the International Independent Group of Eminent Persons (IIGEP), a group invited by the President of Sri Lanka to observe the Presidential Commission of Inquiry’s work, which concluded that
    the government of Sri Lanka was not willing to “investigate cases with vigour, where the conduct of its own forces has been called into question.”