Summary of UN Panel report

2011-04-16 04:08:07

The Executive Summary of the ‘Report of the Advisory panel of experts on accountability in Sri Lanka Allegations’ that was presented to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

Executive Summary: Report of the Advisory panel of experts on accountability in Sri Lanka Allegations found credible by the Panel

The Panel’s determination of credible allegations reveals a very different version of the final stages of the war than that maintained to this day by the Government of Sri Lanka. The Government says it pursued a "humanitarian rescue operation" with a policy of "zero civilian casualties". In stark contrast, the Panel found credible allegations, which if proven, indicate that a wide range of serious violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law were committed both by the Government of Sri Lanka and the LTTE, some of which would amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity. Indeed, the conduct of the war represented a grave assault on the entire regime of international law designed to protect individual dignity during both war and peace.

Specially the Panel found credible allegations associated with the final stages of the war. Between September 2008 and 19 May 2009, the Sri Lanka Army advanced its military campaign into the Vanni using large-scale and widespread shelling causing large numbers of civilian deaths. This campaign constituted persecution of the population of the Vanni. Around 330,000 civilians were trapped into an ever decreasing area, fleeing the shelling but kept hostage by the LTTE. The Government sought to intimidate and silence the media and other critics of the war through a variety of threats and actions, including the use of white vans to abduct and to make people disappear.

The Government shelled on a large scale in three consecutive No Fire Zones, where it had encouraged the civilian population to concentrate, even after indicating that it would cease the use of heavy weapons. It shelled the United Nations hub, food distribution lines and near the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) ships that were coming to pick up the wounded and their relatives from the beaches. It shelled in spite of its knowledge of the impact, provided by its own intelligence systems and through notification by the United Nations, the ICRC and others. Most civilian casualties in the final phases of the war were caused by Government shelling.

The Government systematically shelled hospitals on the frontlines. All hospitals in the Vanni were hit by mortars and artillery, some of them were hit repeatedly, despite the fact that their locations were well-known to the Government. The Government also systematically deprived people in the conflict zone of humanitarian aid, in the form of food and medical supplies, particularly surgical supplies, adding to their suffering. To this end, it purposely underestimated the number of civilians who remained in the conflict zone. Tens of thousands lost their lives from January to May 2009, many of whom died anonymously in the carnage of the final few days.

The Government subjected victims and survivours of the conflict to further deprivation and suffering after they left the conflict zone. Screening for suspected LTTE took place without any transparency or external scrutiny. Some of those who were separated were summarily executed, and some of the women may have been raped. Others disappeared, as recounted by their wives and relatives during the LLRC hearings. All IDPs were detained in closed camps. Massive overcrowding led to terrible conditions, breaching the basic social and economic rights of the detainees, and many lives were lost unnecessarily. Some persons in the camps were interrogated and subjected to torture. Suspected LTTE cadres were removed to other facilities, with no contact with the outside world, under conditions that made them vulnerable of further abuses.

Despite grave danger in the conflict zone, the LTTE refused civilians permission to leave, using them as hostages, at times even using their presence as a strategic human buffer between themselves and the advancing Sri Lanka Army. It implemented a policy of forced recruitment throughout the war, but in the final stages greatly intensified its recruitment of people of all ages, including children as young as fourteen. The LTTE forced civilians to dig trenches for its own defenses, thereby contributing to blurring the distinction between combatants and civilians and exposing civilians to additional harm. All of this was done in a quest to pursue a war that was clearly lost; many civilians were sacrificed on the altar of the LTTE cause and its efforts to preserve its senior leadership.

From February 2009 onwards, the LTTE started point-blank shooting of civilians who attempted to escape the conflict zone, significantly adding to the death toll in the final stages of the war. It also fired artillery in proximity to large groups of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and fired from, or stored military equipment near IDPs or civilian installations such as hospitals. Throughout the final stages of the war, the LTTE continued its policy of suicide attacks outside the conflict zone. Even though its ability to perpetrate such attacks was diminished compared to previous phases of the conflict, it perpetrated a number of attacks against civilians outside the conflict zone.

Thus, in conclusion, the Panel found credible allegations that comprise five core categories of potential serious violations committed by the Government of Sri Lanka: (i) killing of civilians through widespread shelling; (ii) shelling of hospitals and humanitarian objects; (iii) denial of humanitarian assistance; (iv) human rights violations suffered by victims and survivors of the conflict, including both IDPs and suspected LTTE cadre; and (v) human rights violations outside the conflict zone, including against the media and other critics of the Government.

The Panel’s determination of credible allegations against the LTTE associated with the final stages of the war reveal six core categories of potential serious violations: Ii) using civilians as a human buffer; (ii) killing civilians attempting to flee LTTE control; (iii) using military equipment in the proximity of civilians; (iv) forced recruitment of children; (v) forced labour; and (vi) killing of civilians through suicide attacks.


Accountability for serious violations of international humanitarian or human rights law is not a matter of choice or policy; it is a duty under domestic and international law. These credibly alleged violations demand a serious investigation and the prosecution of those responsible. If proven, those most responsible, including Sri Lanka Army commanders and senior Government officials, as well as military and civilian LTTE leaders, would bear criminal liability for international crimes.

At the same time, accountability goes beyond the investigation and prosecution of serious crimes that have been committed; rather it is a broad process that addressed the political, legal and moral responsibility of individuals and institutions for past violations of human rights and dignity. Consistent with the international standards mentioned above, accountability necessarily includes the achievement of truth, justice and reparations for victims. Accountability also requires an official acknowledgment by the State of its role and responsibility in violating the rights of its citizens, when that has occurred. In keeping with United Nations policy, the Panel does not advocate a "one-size-fits-all" formula or the importation of foreign models for accountability; rather it recognizes the need for accountability processes to be defined based on national assessments, involving broad citizen participation, needs and aspirations.

Nonetheless, any national process must still meet international standards. Sri Lanka approach to accountability should, thus, be assessed against those standards and comparative experiences to discern how effectively it allows victims of the final stages of the war to realize their rights to truth, justice and reparations.

The Government has stated that it is seeking to balance reconciliation and accountability, with an emphasis on restorative justice. The assertion of a choice between restorative and retributive justice presents a false dichotomy. Both are required. Moreover, in the Panel’s view, the Government’s notion of restorative justice is flawed because it substitutes a vague notion of the political responsibility of past Government policies and their failure to protect citizens from terrorism for genuine, victim-centred accountability focused on truth, justice and reparations. A further emphasis is clearly on the culpability of certain LTTE cadre; the Government’s plan, in this regard, contemplates rehabilitation for the majority and lenient sentences for the "hardcore" among surviving LTTE cadre. The Government’s two-pronged notion of accountability, as explained to the Panel, focusing on the responsibility of past Governments and of the LTTE, does not envisage a serious examination of the Government’s decisions and conduct in prosecuting the final stages of the war or the aftermath, nor of the violations of law that may have occurred as a result.

The Panel has concluded that the Government’s notion of accountability is not in accordance with international standards. Unless the Government genuinely addresses the allegations of violations committed by both sides and places the rights and dignity of the victims of the conflict at the centre of its approach to accountability, its measures will fall dramatically short of international expectations.

The Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission

The Government has established the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission as the cornerstone of its policy to address the past, from the ceasefire agreement in 2002 to the end of the conflict in May 2009. The LLRC represents a potentially useful opportunity to begin a national dialogue on Sri Lanka’s conflict; the need for such a dialogue is illustrated by the large numbers of people, particularly victims, who have come forward on their own initiative and brought to speak with the Commission.

Nonetheless, the LLRC fails to satisfy key international standards of independence and impartiality, as it is compromised by its composition and deep-seated conflicts of Interests of some of its members. The mandate of LLRC, as well as its work and methodology to date, are not tailored to investigating allegations of serious violations of international humanitarian and human rights law, or to examining the root causes of the decades-long ethnic conflict; instead these focus strongly on the wide notion of political responsibility mentioned above, which forms part of the flawed and partial concept of accountability put forth by the Government. The work to date demonstrates that the LLRC has not conducted genuine truth-seeking about what happened in the final stages of the armed conflict, not sought to investigate systematically and impartially the allegations of serious violations on both sides of the war, not employed an approach that treats victims with full respect for their dignity and their suffering, and not provided the necessary protection for witnesses, even in circumstances of actual personal risk.

In sum, the LLRC is deeply flawed, does not meet International standards for an effective accountability mechanism and, therefore, does not and cannot satisfy the joint commitment of the President of Sri Lanka and the Secretary-General to an accountability process.

Other domestic mechanisms

The justice system should play a leading role in the pursuit of accountability, irrespective of functioning or outcomes of the LLRC. However, based on a review of the system’s past performance and current structure, the Panel has little confidence that it will serve justice in the present political environment. This is due more to a lack of political will than to lack of ability. In particular, the independence of the Attorney-General has been weakened in recent past, as power has been more concentrated in the Presidency. Moreover, the continuing constitution of Emergency Regulations, combined with the Prevention of Terrorism Act in its present form, present a significant obstacle for the judicial system to be able to address official wrongdoing while upholding human rights guarantees. Equally, the Panel has seen no evidence that the military courts system has operated as an effective accountability mechanism in respect of the credible allegations it has identified or other crimes committed in the final stages of the war.

Other domestic institutions that could play a role in achieving accountability also demonstrate serious weaknesses. Over three decades, commissions of inquiry have been established to examine a number of serious human rights issues. While some have served important fact-finding goals, overwhelmingly these commissions have failed to result in comprehensive accountability for the violations identified. Many commissions have failed to produce a public report and recommendations have rarely been implemented. The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka could also potentially contribute to advancing certain aspects of accountability, but the Panel still has serious reservations and believes that the Commission will need to demonstrate political will and resourcefulness in following up on cases of missing persons and in monitoring the welfare of detained persons.

Other obstacles to accountability

During the course of its work, the Panel observed that there were several other contemporary issues in Sri Lanka, which if left un-addressed, will deter efforts towards genuine accountability and may undermine prospects for durable peace in consequence. Most notably, these include:

(i) triumphalism on the part of the Government, expressed through its discourse on having developed the means and will to defeat "terrorism", thus ending Tamil aspirations for political, autonomy and recognition, and its denial regarding the human cost of its military strategy;

(ii) on-going exclusionary policies, which are particularly deleterious as political, social and economic exclusion based on ethnicity, perceived or real, have been at the heart of the conflict

(iii) the continuation of wartime measures, including not only the Emergency Regulations and the Prevention of Terrorism Act, mentioned above, but also the continued militiarisation of the former conflict zone and the use of paramilitary proxies, all of which perpetuate a climate of fear, intimidation and violence;

(iv) restrictions on the media, which are contrary to democratic governance and limit basic citizens’ rights; and (v) the role of the Tamil Diaspora, which provided vital moral and material support to the LTTE over decades, and some of whom refuse to acknowledge the LTTE’s role in the humanitarian disaster in the Vanni, creating a further obstacle to accountability and sustainable peace.

An environment conducive to accountability, which would permit a candid appraisal of the broad patterns of the past, including the root causes of the long-running ethno-nationalist conflict, does not exist at present. It would require concrete steps towards building an open society in which human rights are respected, as well as a fundamental shift away from triumphalism and denial towards a genuine commitment to a political solution that recognizes Sri Lanka’s ethnic diversity and the full and inclusive citizenship of all of its people, including Tamils as the foundation for the country’s future.

International role in the protection of civilians

During the final stages of the war, the United Nations political organs and bodies failed to take actions that might have protected civilians. Moreover, although senior international officials advocated in public and in private with the Government that it protect civilians and stop the shelling of hospitals and United Nations or ICRC locations, in the Panel’s view, the public use of casualty figures would have strengthened the call for the protection of civilians while those events in the Vanni were unfolding. In addition, following the end of war, the Human Rights Council may have been acting on incomplete information when it passed its May 2009 resolution on Sri Lanka.


In this context, the Panel recommends the following measures, which it hopes as a whole, will serve as the framework for an ongoing and constructive engagement between the Secretary-General and the Government of Sri Lanka on accountability. They address the various dimensions of accountability that the Panel considers essential and which will require complementary action by the Government of Sri Lanka, the United Nations and other parties.

Recommendation 1: Investigations

A. In light of the allegations found credible by the Panel, the Government of Sri Lanka, in compliance with its international obligations and with a view of initiating an effective domestic accountability process, should immediately commence genuine investigations into these and other alleged violations of international humanitarians and human rights law committed by both sides involved in the armed conflict.

B. The Secretary-General should immediately proceed to establish in independent international mechanism, whose mandate should include the following concurrent functions:

(i) Monitor and assess the extent to which the Government of Sri Lanka is carrying out an effective domestic accountability process, including genuine investigations of the alleged violations, and periodically advise the Secretary-General on its findings;

(ii) Conduct investigations independently into the alleged violations, having regard to genuine and effective domestic investigations; and

(iii) Collect and safeguard for appropriate future use information provided to it that is relevant to accountability for the final stages of the war, including the information gathered by the Panel and other bodies in the United Nations system.

Recommendation 2: Other immediate measures to advance accountability

In order to address the immediate plight of those whose rights were and continue to be violated, and to demonstrate the Government’s commitment to accountability, the following measures should be undertaken immediately:

A. The Government of Sri Lanka should implement the following short-term measures, with a focus on acknowledging the rights and dignity of all of the victims and survivors in the Vanni:

(i) End all violence by the State, its organs and all paramilitary and other groups acting as surrogates of, or tolerated by the State;

(ii) Facilitate the recovery and return of human remains to their families and allow for the performance of cultural rites for the dead;

(iii) Provide death certificates for the dead and missing, expeditiously and respectfully, without charge, when requested by family members, without compromising the right to further investigation and civil claims;

(iv) Provide or facilities psycho-social support for all survivors, respecting their cultural values and traditional practices;

(v) Release all displaced persons and facilitate their return to their former homes or provide for resettlement, according to their wishes; and

(vi) Continue to provide interim relief to assist the return of all survivors to normal life.

B. The Government of Sri Lanka should investigate and disclose the fate and location of persons reported to have been forcibly disappeared. In this regard, the Government of Sri Lanka should invite the Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances to visit Sri Lanka.

C. In light of the political situation in the country, the Government of Sri Lanka should undertake an immediate repeal of the Emergency Regulations, modify all those provisions of the Prevention of Terrorism Act that are inconsistent with Sri Lanka’s international obligations, and take the following measures regarding suspected LTTE members and all other persons held under these or any other provisions:

(i) Publish the names of all of those currently detained, whatever the location of their detention, and notify them of the legal basis of their detention;

(ii) Allow all detainees regular access to family members and to legal counsel;

(iii) Allow all detainees to contest the substantive justification of their detention in court;

(iv) Charge those for whom there is sufficient evidence of serious crimes and release all others, allowing them to reintegrate into society without further hindrance.

D. the Government of Sri Lanka should end state violence and other practices that limit freedoms of movement, assembly and expression, or otherwise contribute to a climates of fear.

Recommendation 3: Longer term accountability measures

While the current climate of triumphalism and denialism is not conducive to an honest examination of the past, in the longer term, as political spaces are allowed to open, the following measures are needed to move towards full accountability for action taken during the war:

A. Taking into account, but distinct from, the work of the LLRC, Sri Lanka should initiate a process, with strong civil society participation, to examine in a critical manner: the root causes of the conflict, including ethno-nationalist extremism on both sides; the conduct of the war and patterns of violations; and the corresponding institutional responsibilities.

B. The Government of Sri Lanka should issue a public, formal acknowledgement of its role in and responsibility for extensive civilian casualties in the final stages of the war.

C. The Government of Sri Lanka should institute a reparations programme, in accordance with international standards, for all victims of serious violations committed during the final stages of the war, with special attention to women, children and particularly vulnerable groups.

Recommendation 4: United Nations

Considering the response of the United Nations to the plight of civilians in the Vanni during the final stages of the war in Sri Lanka and the aftermath:

A. the Human rights Council should be invited to reconsider its May 2009 Special Session Resolution (A/HRC/S-11/l.1/Rev.2) regarding Sri Lanka, in light of this report.

B. The Secretary-General should conduct a comprehensive review of actions by the United Nations system during the war in Sri Lanka and the aftermath, regarding the implementation of its humanitarian and protection mandates

Courtesy -

  Comments - 82

  • raj Saturday, 16 April 2011 04:46

    I do not have any comment except I totally agree with UN's panel's finding

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    MagodisThuma Monday, 18 April 2011 01:36

    Everything is fair in Love and War !.

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    Wara Monday, 18 April 2011 03:59

    That's the last hope of any LTTE sympathizer. That's not a new thing. Also this is an out come of Tamil diaspora and LTTE sympathizers. So what to disagree ??

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    Nilantha Monday, 18 April 2011 04:08

    Yes, he/she may be a one who has behind this false and So Called "Report"

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    kaputakukula Monday, 18 April 2011 09:38

    If the UN is fallen to the diaspora that itself is a solid proof that a Government like Sri Lanka DO NOT HAVE any credibility within such an international organization called the UN

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    Dinesh Monday, 18 April 2011 04:48

    It is the goverment responsibility to counter this diplomaticaly if the didnt do any wrong rather than urging the public to protest !!! May Day is not for politicians its for employees

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    John Saturday, 16 April 2011 04:47

    UN go away, this is not like iraq. we killed just less than 30000 people.

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    galak Saturday, 16 April 2011 08:48

    You mean LTTE killed around 25,000 civilians as all in SL know ??? Y is UN report ignorant of it ???

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    srilankan Monday, 18 April 2011 05:20

    they are not ignorant as they were terrorists, but this is about a democratic government.

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    Wara Monday, 18 April 2011 04:03

    You mean killed by LTTE ?? No It's around 100,000.

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    nayomie Saturday, 16 April 2011 04:59

    It looks comprehensive... but i dont think this government will respond these thinks... .

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    cracko Saturday, 16 April 2011 06:44

    Govt forces were carrying a book on Human Rights. No civilian was killed. Zero Zero.... Did you hear that?

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    TMA Monday, 18 April 2011 09:35

    & U were there @ the war

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    Always Sunday, 17 April 2011 01:07

    This how Govt always response to any reports or commendation.

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    Ryan Monday, 18 April 2011 05:29

    Yes This is comprehensive international mud slinging.

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    Godaya Saturday, 16 April 2011 05:01

    Though outwardly looks biased, there are many points which will be really tough for our govt to answer.

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    dutugamunu Saturday, 16 April 2011 05:08

    UN hands off SL ... UN shuld not intervine in our internal matters ...!!!

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    MagodisThuma Sunday, 17 April 2011 05:10

    UN is a bankrupted organization & Moon is just a puppet ! Who cares ?.

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    Tonto Monday, 18 April 2011 08:50

    If so, SL should get out of the UN and run it's affairs and see what can happen thereafter.

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    Labby Saturday, 16 April 2011 05:15

    Does anyone understand head or tail of this ?

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    Kanna Saturday, 16 April 2011 05:15


    Well done UN!!, Mahinda mamoo, you are going to be in deep trouble, may be you can book a room next to your friend SF

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    MagodisThuma Sunday, 17 April 2011 05:08

    You know very little about the people Beyond the River !.

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    Ranga Monday, 18 April 2011 01:45

    You mean the rooms in The Hague for both?

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    Lakmal Saturday, 16 April 2011 05:15

    This is not summary :)

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    Guru Saturday, 16 April 2011 05:42

    Very good summary in short and correct form. Now the time has come for the UN to take necessary action and to arrest the war criminals. Cammon UN go ahead.

    Well said Kanna.

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    Ishan Saturday, 16 April 2011 06:30

    Wonder they accounted how much we suffered during last 3 decades due to this LTTE virus

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    Paul Saturday, 16 April 2011 06:32

    If the panel was allowed to visit Sri Lanka,this report would have certainly been much worse than this.

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    Musthafa Saturday, 16 April 2011 06:39

    hello What ever UN report- Mr. Prabakaran already finished. This is what we want.

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    KD Saturday, 16 April 2011 07:37

    Correct. LTTE diaspora can cry, but that wont bring the mad dog back to life.

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    KD Saturday, 16 April 2011 07:43

    That's it? Diaspora spent so much money for this recommendations? Another failed attempt.

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    jeeva Saturday, 16 April 2011 07:35

    very good, robe is closser to th neck...,

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    Ranil Sunday, 17 April 2011 07:18


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    hb Saturday, 16 April 2011 07:42

    The purpose of this report is to please the western leaders which not so long ago liberated Iraq and now in the process of carrying out a humanitarian operation to liberate Libiya

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    j Saturday, 16 April 2011 07:44

    I totally agree with Recommendation 2: A (i) to (iv) and government should do.

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    Saleem Saturday, 16 April 2011 08:50

    This was expected as the accused very seldom agrees to his quilt or for any judicial investigation.

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    Siva Saturday, 16 April 2011 09:48

    This report has given some hope for the people denied justice

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    Ranil Sunday, 17 April 2011 06:59

    Boo hoo!!! where were all these bleeding hearts when LTTE and their supporters were killing innocents by bus loads. They even force recruited innocent little children to fight their dirty war. where was UN back then? where were all these peace droves and bleeding hearts.

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    Podiputha Monday, 18 April 2011 01:20

    Are you comparing a democratically elected government to a terror organisation?

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    V.I.S.Jayapalan poet Saturday, 16 April 2011 10:07

    I totally agree with the report. and urge UN to take further action according international lows and customs.

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    Arahath Saturday, 16 April 2011 10:11

    Government need to look at this report in the background of good governance which is anathema at present..Other vise the reconciliation with Tamils is a far cry.

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    Roshan Saturday, 16 April 2011 10:44

    The panel didn't mention about UN official involved in the final stage of war. Eg MR Nampiar involement

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    John Saturday, 16 April 2011 10:56

    Cat is out of the bag at last.

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    Maxmillam Saturday, 16 April 2011 11:55

    This report is one sided and will only do one thing. That is unite the entire nation

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    Wara Monday, 18 April 2011 04:08

    I don't think. UNP will support for this maximum.

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    Jake Saturday, 16 April 2011 11:57

    IN IRAQUE --------------------------------------------------------------

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    Rakitha Saturday, 16 April 2011 12:31

    Well said Jake, Not only Iraq also Afganistan, Viatnam, Now Libya??????

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    Wara Monday, 18 April 2011 04:09

    And also Japan in 2nd WW and Korea in 1950s.

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    Goo kanna Saturday, 16 April 2011 12:56

    Well said Jake..UN is fast asleep when it comes to human rights violation by the US and other western allies..This Ban Ki Moon is a puppet of the US and obama

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    LASANTHAV Saturday, 16 April 2011 23:40


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    Wara Monday, 18 April 2011 04:10

    That's why gov. wipe out LTTE from SL soil.

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    Roadrunner Sunday, 17 April 2011 01:52

    You mean if dog barks we also can bark

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    prkirub Monday, 18 April 2011 00:54

    That is what the Sri Lankans are doing?? A mad dog barks and many joins that mad dog to batk???

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    prema Monday, 18 April 2011 09:25

    good but ask ur mind is us bombed in hospital or schools any prayer place don't be smart

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    Rao Saturday, 16 April 2011 12:46

    Srilankan so called democratic goby must accept un report and let world body to investigate and clear srilankan name. Hope oppressed will get judgement

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    Michael Saturday, 16 April 2011 12:52

    If the facts are true and if the UN was concerned. Then they could have prevented all this. Now no point talking about this.

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    S.Sriranjan Saturday, 16 April 2011 12:53

    Keep Silence is anther form of Agreement!!!

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    Guru Saturday, 16 April 2011 22:17

    It's a very good summary. Now UN go behind the guilt and get them ASAP.

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    SURESH Sunday, 17 April 2011 01:57


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    manomano Sunday, 17 April 2011 02:43

    how about arranging a panel on UN authorised and managed war in Iraq so the lesser mortels can learn how to conduct yourself in an armed conflict.

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    Ananda Sunday, 17 April 2011 05:18

    Sri Lankan government successfully eliminated worlds most brutal and inhumane terrorist groups who destroyed our country for 30-40 years and responsible for more than 65,000 people. Not a single UN report or committee was appointed.
    Go to away UN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Dilan Sunday, 17 April 2011 05:41

    This report is fundamentally flawed and biased. The LTTE created havoc in the country for last 35 years. Is this history incorporated in this report ? LTTE killed valuable lifes of politician including Indian Prime Minister.

    UN please wake up!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Jehan Sunday, 17 April 2011 05:56

    People who have commented here are peple who have fled country pretending to be asylum seekers.. and they never wanted to see an end to the issue fearing they would loose their asylum status from those countries no body was worried( fled people) about suffering of Tamils and other communities due to this bloody thirst LTTE we people suffered in cities , in homes whilst traveling life was the only uncertainty in SL, all knew how LTTE was using human shields and Hindu Temples, Hospitals Madu chirch as thir camping sites, n UN has taken evidence from this so called Bleeding Hearts from Europe and from this report they have made evident one thing that is they are so BIASED and if we HAD OIL discovered the report would be entirely different.

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    ila Monday, 18 April 2011 04:44

    you should realize that people who fled the country are the ones who witnessed attracities so that they speak their mind without fearing about white van abduction.

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    DUWI Sunday, 17 April 2011 06:32

    Please first investigate the LTTE war criminals now living in the West - USA, Canada, UK, Germany, Norway, France, Sweden etc.

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    Arahath Sunday, 17 April 2011 07:06

    Guilty are afraid.So they shout. innocent. That is the nature.

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    sxhabeeb Sunday, 17 April 2011 07:08

    SL govt ... nothing to worry about this as far as SL govt do not have an agreement with the ICC. What happend to the UN report on Israel.... nothing happend. Few earned some money in trying to prepairing this report..... MR will earn more sympathy from his supporters. WW again will go to UN office to fast... But not until death... Just few days drama.... and silent... when it comes near 2016 again they will re open these stroy... and say sorry for RW and the clan.and it will be another lost election for UNP...

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    thinker Sunday, 17 April 2011 07:29

    Now Gota wants China, Russia support. Hide this report from them?

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    prkirub Monday, 18 April 2011 01:02

    That means Gota want the support of the JVP?

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    No Suprise Sunday, 17 April 2011 07:39

    Let’s say what we are all thinking…. The report by the UN panel is NOTHING NEW.. We’ve always known that the government AND the LTTE killed innocent people. The sad truth is that this is what war is. War is NEVER clean, this is what you would call collateral damage. Gov killed ppl in the north and the LTTE killed ppl in the rest of the island. Unfortunately, if the gov didn’t do what they did, we would’ve gone to Prabakarans door step and turned back (its happened b4). Having said that, I believe the current regiment CAN DO SO MUCH MORE to make the hard earned end of war worthwhile. Which they are failing at exceptionally…. The fact is, no one is gonna be held accountable, we all know that. BUT atleast do what’s right from henceforth. Treat all your people as equal and give them their freedom that has been won with such a HIGH PRICE…

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    das Monday, 18 April 2011 05:46

    Finally something sensible. I think whatever civilian casualties occurred during the war was unavoidable and without it we would still be at war. But the unfortunate thing is that the govt has not been able to position itself as a democratic state since the end of the war.

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    MrLanka Monday, 18 April 2011 08:56

    Well said!

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    Dias Sunday, 17 April 2011 07:56

    My dear Banki moon why dint you make your Summary panel when LTTE killed 500 policenmen IN MY COUNTRY I lost my two brothers in that killing,have you ever come to sri lanka,your are looking back side of the mirror try to see in front,of the mirror and make your stupid panel

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    silva Monday, 18 April 2011 09:22

    Ban ki-moon was not the secretary general at the time so dont shout

    Reply : 7       12

    poor lankan Sunday, 17 April 2011 09:23

    well well well,

    All is fare is love and WARRRRRRRRRR

    Reply : 32       10

    Gavel Sunday, 17 April 2011 09:24

    Where were People who talks on behalf of LTTE while they were killing innocents? Lets rise to protect our country

    Reply : 47       46

    Mala Sirimanna Sunday, 17 April 2011 09:27

    US, UK and France = UN

    Reply : 44       43

    simple mind Sunday, 17 April 2011 11:12

    This will be another Ivory coast politics staged by UN to back up for Ranil.

    Reply : 46       26

    Roshan Monday, 18 April 2011 04:48

    Don't worry, SF is will be made to take all the crime committed by Army during the last stage of the war. He is kept in prison for that purpose only.

    Reply : 9       27

    AMA Monday, 18 April 2011 09:13

    What ever said & done now we are happy & safe in our motherland.Credit goes to President of sri lanka & Gen. Fonseka.

    Reply : 18       19

    shivansh Tuesday, 25 December 2012 15:48

    maaan!! this topic is driving me crazy......hav got an mun to attend tomorrow and the country alloted to me is CHINA....

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