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LLRC report presented to UK parliamentarians

The report of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) was presented to members of the British Parliament yesterday (Tuesday), the Sri Lankan High Commission in Britain said.

High Commissioner Dr. Chris Nonis briefed British Parliamentarians from the House of Commons and the House of Lords, academics and Think Tanks, at an interactive dialogue on the LLRC Report held last afternoon in Portcullis House in the British Parliament.

Dr. Chris Nonis articulated that the holistic approach of the LLRC is entirely consistent with restorative justice embedded with accountability. He further stated that it is a comprehensive, objective and impartial report which demonstrates the integrity of the LLRC, and it is set in the context of International Humanitarian Law incorporating the principle of distinction and principle of proportionality.

He said that it has a wealth of content and provides a nuanced understanding of the conflict, and many lessons can be learnt from it. He further stated that the release of the LLRC Report in full by the Government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa demonstrates both its sincerity and commitment and is a landmark in the reconciliation process of Sri Lanka in the post-conflict era.

Conservative MP Mr. James Wharton said “This is an extremely welcome opportunity to discuss the way forward for Sri Lanka after what has been a very difficult period of its history. The High Commissioner gave us a very thorough overview of the (LLRC) Report including answers to a wide range of questions. I know that a number of my Parliamentarian colleagues look forward with the intent to seeing Sri Lanka progress over the coming months and years”.

Lord Rogan of Lower Iveagh who was a key figure associated with the Northern Ireland Peace Process and the Good Friday Agreement said “As we know and have experience from coming out of a 40-year old conflict in Northern Ireland it takes time and patience to move from conflict to consensus politics and I would ask all peoples in Sri Lanka and the Diaspora to have patience and give time and space for a peaceful solution to develop”.

Sir Harold Walker KCMG, President, British Society for Middle Eastern Studies and former Chairman, Royal Society for Asian Affairs said “It is commendable that the Sri Lankan Government released such a comprehensive and hard-hitting report; of course. the world will be watching to see that the report is followed through. However, so far, the signs are clear that the Government of Sri Lanka do intend to follow the Report through. They must however be allowed time for this process, in particular since it follows such a long period of conflict, and these issues cannot be settled overnight”.

Deputy Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain, Mr. Shuja Shafi said “I am pleased to listen first hand, to the recommendations in the LLRC Report, and will be happy to work with the communities here to see how we can facilitate a dialogue with inputs from the communities in the UK”.

Mr. Khalid Nadeem, Chairman of South Asia and Middle East Forum said “Dialogue is the way forward, we need to put the conflict behind us, and reach out to each other to achieve a just and peace in Sri Lanka today. The Report provides a firm foundation for the way forward for all parties”.

President of the Friends of Sri Lanka, Sir Peter Heap said “This was a very valuable meeting, well attended by Members of Parliament and representatives from many other organizations.  The Sri Lankan High Commissioner gave a superb account of the Report of the LLRC and of the government’s response. It was a very useful reminder for everyone present that Sri Lanka was doing a great deal to bring together the different communities and to restore prosperity in the conflict-affected areas”.

23 Comments for “LLRC report presented to UK parliamentarians”

  1. Kelum Abdulkany

    Under the Rajapakse’s command, Sri Lanka army committed atrocities on a large scale against helpless women, men, children which demonstrates systematicity in the final stages of war.

    The Rajapakse Bros. therefore indeed have command responsibility for war crimes in the last phase of the war and should be sent to the Hague.

    According Buddhist beliefs, there is a thing called – karma, so their time to answer for the mass murder of the innocent people will surely come!

  2. Shiva

    The war crimes and crimes against humanity that are committed by all sides must be investigated by an independent international body as the Rajapakse regime is simply buying time and not allowing an international investigation. Tamils have no confidence in the Rajapakse regime as well as several Human Rights Groups and other leaders as the regime itself has committed and / or ordered the attrocities against the Tamils including those who surrendered. The behaviour of the Rajapakse regime is wellknown to the world that kept innocent Tamils like animals in camps and thousands of young Tamils disappeared.

    There is no reason to the International community to start the accountability process and delivery of Justice as there are overwhelming evidence of war crimes and human rights abuses committed by the regime forces.

    • Sisira

      Do we need an investigaton to conclude that for all human right abuses only LTTE is responsible. SL government or Army or Sinhalese people never wanted this war, it was only tamils who created terrorism. There is a forgotten fact here. It was not a war. It was only an internal conflict, the government controled it. The concept of war crime is in fact not applicable here. Whatever the word for it, it is now time to forget the past, and move forward – the government is committed to well-being of the nation, inluding tamils. That is only what matters from now on.

    • Roshan

      Naduth amuduruwange baduth hamuduruwange! It s sad what as become of the pathetic race which is Tamil! For 30 long years u ppl funded a blood thirsty barbarian and his gang f thugs to kill n maim innocent ppl, children, women monks, priests etc etc… Don’t ur kind hv that thing call a “conscience” how on earth after all these with blood dripping in ur hands, u can even biging to find fault with others? Now u good for nothing fellas are pumping money to all these western do gooders to take revenge. What a sorry story! Know this, no one in this planet take u ppl seriously, they will show concern as long as there is MONEY !

  3. British Parlimentarian should be very careful and not to give into MR’s cunning plot. MR and his men are good in fooling the world. Take my word LLRC report is end of all the investigations by international community.

  4. Democracy

    “Wasting Time”

  5. Saman

    LLRC report is a garbage produced at the cost our tax money. None of the civilised society has agreed to the intergrity of the LLRC formed by Sri Lankan government with the purpose to coverup their war crime and mislead the world. Including UK openly rejected the LLRC it self. Now we are presenting that garbage to them.

    • Gamunu

      What do you suggest then? Another UN panel with the objective of looking only at the final stages of the war?
      If not suggest a better way to address the issue without rubbishing it.

    • Roshan

      Civilized?? Hmm who are they?

    • Wonder if this report was given to the PR firms (such as Bell Pottinger)before its release!!! , as it took some weeks from its submssion to President and its release..

  6. Sangaralingham

    patience is a virtue we all must cultivate but the behaviour must be reflected by ongoing process of transforming the small nation into a paradise by action and deeds starting now to reflect those changes as ongoing process so that the young as they grew develop a sense of unity harmony of mind spirit and soul forgetting the crime atrocities committed by all parties using terrorism and natiol defence fprces to creat havoc to citizens of the country

  7. raj

    it is not about what Tamils diaspora or these external politicians think, it is about what the Tamils and their representative think is more important. If the commission has really address the issues of Tamils related to war crimes and they are happier and their representatives are happier, then it is no body business. So far the government has failed to prove that any justice has delivered to the victims of crimes against humanity. Anyone ignoring these concern may be allies of those who committed crimes aginst humanity.

  8. Sri

    The terms war crimes, gross crimes against humanity and serious HR violations do not appear in the Report at all. Not suprised. In the frost place how can a former AG who served under the President be expcxted to give an independent and fair assessment ? Also in case there were war crimes committed then the President who is also C-i-C becomes complicit. Justice should not only be done but appear to be done. After all the Chirman was AG involved in the defucnt IIEE Commssion where all 10 independent experts resigned for want of good faith on the part of then prosecution and of foot dragging. The result is that the aggrieved have now sought justice in a US Court! Telling, very telling indeed!

  9. Tomsamusa

    The sweet talk of Dr.Nonis is no, no with civilised western parlimentarians .
    They may give the impression of yes, yes which is really is a no,no nonis.
    His “holistic”approach should be confined to the practice of medicine.
    Accountability and punishing the offenders,including the pakse mafia for the genocide is the right way to bring about meaningful resolution to the conflict than this verbal diarrhea.

  10. PROF. KOPAN MAHADEVA

    THIS REPORT IS A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. IT DOES CONTAIN SOME ERRORS AND IMBALANCES, BUT THE COMMISSIONERS HAVE DONE THEIR BEST IN A SHORT SPAN OF 18 MONTHS. IT IS BEST THAT IT IS ACCEPTED AS A FAIT ACCOMPLI, AND ITS RECOMMENDATIONS READ AND FOLLOWED UP AND IMPLEMENTED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AND AS EFFECTIVELY AS POSSIBLE, INCLUDING THE FURTHER ENQUIRIES AND INVESTIGATIONS THAT THE COMMISSIONERS HAVE RECOMMENDED. WE MUST PROGRESS. WE MUST ACT FAST, WITH THE OBJECTIVE OF ALLEVIATING THE PAIN AND SUFFERING THAT ARE BEING UNDERGONE BY THE WAR-DISPLACED POPULATION. THE PAST ATMOSPHERE OF CONFRONTATION MUST BE REPLACED WITH CO-OPERATION, UNDER- STANDING OF THE GENUINE EFFORTS THAT THE OTHER (SEEMINGLY RIVAL AND OPPOSING) PARTIES ARE ALSO PUTTING INTO RECONST-RUCTION, REHABILITATION, AND STEPS TOWARDS RECONCILIATION.

    – PROFESSOR KOPAN MAHADEVA

  11. Bruz

    The British parliamentarians will eventually Learn Lessons sooner or later, about Sri Lankan report and any actions if taken. These guys are still continuing to fool anyone & sundry with so much of sheer guts & confidence. They have become ‘masters’ of this
    con art. Poor British Parliamentarians taken for a ride again.

  12. Tomsamusa

    Dr.Nonis is playing with words and trying to baffle people with common sense with his jargon.
    It’s very surprising that a guy with respectable “paper” qualifications” is trying to hoodwink the brits with his “bandaid treatment ” for this smouldering cancer of sinking lanka.
    Hope he gains a few extrs quids from the mahinda,aka godfather of pakse mafia.

  13. prasanna gunawardena

    Thugs and goons of various disciplines have commented very early.

  14. Maha veera

    you are 100% correct , this is a white elephant . Waste of our money .As well as misled the world . >ever body rejects this false report.

  15. Maha sena

    Throw to junk yard . Useless and meaningless false report

  16. Johnathan

    Before reconciliation can even begin justice must prevail. Why have so many innocent civilians been raped and murdered by the GOSL forces with impunity ? If someone raped a member of your family here in the Uk you would expect justice would’nt you ? Well then, so do the 1000s of Tamil families who have lost relatives and/or had them raped by Sri lankan Government forces in that country. Shame on the UN and UK for turning their face away from such beastiality. I am ashamed to call myself British.

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