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Reevaluating Sri Lanka’s LLRC Progress: Part One

Reevaluating Sri Lanka’s LLRC Progress: Part One

An End of War Snapshot. Photo: MathyAn End of War Snapshot. Photo: Mathy

Last March, The Social Architects (TSA) released its third report, “The Numbers Never Lie.”

An End of War Snapshot. Photo: Mathy

The report provided extensive information about the Government of Sri Lanka’s (GoSL) progress in implementing the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) recommendations. Again, TSA’s partners undertook a similar survey this year. Using the data obtained last year as a baseline, TSA will be releasing two companion reports reevaluating Sri Lanka’s LLRC progress. This is the first.

This year’s survey was only conducted in the Northern and Eastern provinces; this was done during January 2014. TSA’s partners surveyed 1,200 people this year, but 157 survey respondents were subsequently disqualified. 376 other people who participated last year did not participate in this year’s survey. This figure includes people who have moved elsewhere or have been resettled. It also includes community members who decided not to participate this year due to fear. Hence, all 1,043 people that were surveyed this year also participated in last year’s survey. In order to accurately measure progress, TSA removed 533 people (those who did not participate in the 2014 survey) from last year’s survey results.

(Read the report by clicking here)

TSA’s sample covers 8 districts, 36 Divisional Secretariat (DS) divisions, 108 Grama Niladhari (GN) divisions and 264 villages. 368 survey participants are Woman-Headed Households (WHH). TSA’s questionnaire (224 questions) has been designed to capture different types of information. This includes factual data – such as information about arbitrary detention, disappearance, death, injury and compensation. Some parts – including questions on militarization and sections dealing with political rights and language rights – capture both factual data and perception data.

TSA’s survey findings suggest that – while some very limited progress related to a few LLRC recommendations has been made over the past twelve months – there are still concerns about matters such as political rights, language rights, inclusive development and compensation, among other areas. The country’s continued militarization, the concomitant culture of fear which pervades the North and East, and the asymmetrical implementation of the LLRC recommendations are also concerns. TSA will delve more deeply into all of these topics in its next report.

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Srivan
Srivan

The LLRC was a flop and a cover-up for war crimes and what not. At the end it left it to the ethnic military to investigate whether war crimes were committed and it said "zero civilian Tamil casualties"! Are we living in cloud cuckoo land? Let the UNHRC proceed and find out the truth, the real truth and nothing but the truth that ought to frees us all from ridiculous posturing and pantomiming.

Srivan
Srivan

@Steven P What a joker!

Steven P
Steven P

T Govindan  Tamils in South will not be able to live.  They will be attacked like in 1983 for been traitors

Steven P
Steven P

My English ancestors brought Jaffna tamils to Sri Lanka and also Jaffna tamils to South Africa.  Tamils are the blacks of Asia.  Everyone look down upon them

Invictus
Invictus

Sjay1  Were you thinking of making an intelligent comment about the report? Or have you finished with your "feelings"?

Invictus
Invictus

Sjay1  What sort of profit are you speaking about? Who is making a profit out of publishing a report on IPD?

Sjay1
Sjay1

In fact what I felt reading the report is the prejudice that these people who are doing these reports show towards Sri Lanka . They see the improvements they don't want to see and try to hide them with their subjective story telling . The truth about many people decide not to answer their question is , the people are not interested in making a living of this type of people who make profit of their sufferings ..

Sjay1
Sjay1

In fact what I felt reading the report is the prejudice that these people who are doing these reports show towards Sri Lanka . They see the improvements they don't want to see and try to hide them with their subjective story telling . The truth about many people decide not to answer their question is , the people are not interested in making a living of this type of people who make profit of their sufferings ..

T Govindan
T Govindan

Now, it is time to grant internationally accepted justice, compensation and total freedom to the Tamils of North & Eastern parts of Sri Lanka by liberating from the clutches of the ruthless Sri Lankan Buddhist governments.

T Govindan
T Govindan

Knowing from various first hand sources in the North, I understand that TSA has carried out its painstaking survey in a systematic and scientific method, under extremely difficult, oppressive and threatening conditions.  It reveals some hard facts which are just tips of many icebergs.  

Sri Lankan Buddhist government, under the guise of democratically elected government, very systematically evacuated the war theatre from all potential witnesses, such as international free media, United Nations (which committed a grave mistake), ICRC (which also committed a grave mistake), etc. and then carried out massive systematic ethnic cleaning activities in northern Sri Lanka in 2008 & 2009.

Unfortunately, so called biggest “democracy” in the world, India, played the appalling cowardly roll of supporting the Sri Lankan government murderous regime, by supplying destructive weapons and thousands of man power to carry out this genocide.

Anti-Tamil Indian congress government with ruthless corrupt Malayalees (Sivashankar menon, Anthony, Narayanan, Sathees Nampier - UN, Kamalesh Sharma – Commonwealth, etc.) in key administrative positions and Hindi racist north Indians took full effort and succeeded in preventing UN and Western nations from stopping the calculated Massacre of innocent Tamils and the Genocide.

Invictus
Invictus

@Sjay1  What sort of profit are you speaking about? Who is making a profit out of publishing a report on IPD?

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