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Answers to HR allegations in LLRC

2013 Nov 18

by  Ravi Ladduwahetty


Government Spokesperson and Media Minister, Keheliya Rambukwella, believes that the implementation of a majority of the 289 recommendations in the Lessons Learnt and  Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) report, provided answers to all the allegations which the western world had brought against Sri Lanka at the just concluded Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).


“The fact that almost all the recommendations which were made for the short-term had been implemented by the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL), and most of the medium-term recommendations had also been implemented, bears eloquent testimony of the government’s commitment to human rights and democracy,” Rambukwella told Ceylon Today.


However, he said the implementation of some of the long-term recommendations made in the LLRC report would need some  constitutional amendments, which he said, would be done with the passage of time.


Responding to a question on what the reaction of the government was to the comments made by British Prime Minister, David Cameron, on the possibility of having an international inquiry on the human rights abuses in Sri Lanka, he said, Sri Lanka was a sovereign nation run by a sovereign government, and as such, there was no necessity for other countries to tamper with the affairs of this country. “They should respect our independence and sovereignty just as much as we respect theirs, and do not tamper with the affairs of other countries,” he said.


 Asked why the western world was bringing these allegations of war crimes only in relation to the final phase of the war, when the LTTE’s atrocities had ravaged the country for nearly three decades, the Minister said that all these allegations were a result of the LTTE being defeated, despite the western world being confident of the LTTE winning the war.


 “The other factor in this equation is the Tamil Diaspora which continues to pressurize those governments to call the shots in Sri Lanka, and those governments are compelled to fall in line in view of the votes they would garner from those who have made those soils their homes,” the minister remarked.

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