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 Amnesty International has slammed the method of inquiry conducted by the Sri Lankan government into the civil war as it was “fundamentally flawed and provides no accountability for atrocities”.

The report of the Amnesty International -- When will they get justice? “exposed the shortcomings” of the inquiry commission -- the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), appointed by the Mahinda Rajapakse government in May 2010, it said.

The LLRC had failed to properly pursue allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity levelled against both government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

Amnesty’s Asia-Pacific Director Sam Zarifi said in its website: “The Sri Lankan government has, for almost two years, used the LLRC as its trump card in lobbying against an independent international investigation. Officials described it as a credible accountability mechanism, able to deliver justice and promote reconciliation. In reality it's flawed at every level: in mandate, composition and practice.” LLRC’s mandate fell far short of international standards for such inquiries.

An analysis by Amnesty International of the LLRC's publicly available transcripts found it failed to appropriately investigate credible allegations of systematic violations by both sides to the conflict, including illegal killings and enforced disappearances, widespread shelling of civilian targets such as hospitals, and use of civilians as shields.

Interestingly LLRC’s commissioners include former Sri Lankan government officials who had publicly defended Colombo against allegations of war crimes, it said.

The report said during LLRC's first field visit, the panel's Chairman made no mention of human rights abuses, telling witnesses to “forget the past”. Instead, he asked them to tell the Commission about any problems accessing education, medical care and housing.

The Commission ignored crucial questions about the role of government forces in war crimes and crimes against humanity.

The LLRC’s interim report in September 2010 did not contain any recommendations aimed at achieving accountability for the past human rights abuses. The final report is expected in November 2011, the human rights body added.(The Hindu)
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  • Mosh Saturday, 17 September 2011 08:01 AM

    Amnesty we don't care about you or your views. We know better than you do as we experienced and saw the war. Glad all is well now. in Sri Lanka.

    S.Dilruk Saturday, 17 September 2011 08:35 AM

    Amnestry International is just another tool of US & UN to pressure Sri Lanka. Derailing the Sri Lankan progress is their paramount priority. We don't want to care AI.

    Tony Saturday, 17 September 2011 08:36 AM

    What a news to report. Human rights are big bankum!!!

    harbi Sunday, 18 September 2011 04:52 AM

    Since the elimination of LTTE terrorist. all most all the INGOs/NGOs who was prperaing and executing plans to destory Sri Lankan Sinhala socity lost the large amount of $ they got in addition to the super luxery living they had being in Sri Lanka. when we meet most of these NGOs now we can realize how deseperate and lost they are now! They had a good living over our dead bodies! Poor AI, so sad for what had happen to you all guys! But you will suffer in your after life for all the crimes you are commiting against humanity!

    Ananda Seneviratne, Sunday, 18 September 2011 06:45 AM

    Qu:Why the Amnesty International is so interested in attacking Sri Lanka and the LLRC which has not even released its report but not about other human right violations happening in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and other part of the world?
    Answer: Pro-LTTE and LTTE is paying them millions of dollars perhaps to fund this bankrupt NGO and these henchman in AI are trying to punch the small countrires like Sri Lanka.

    Sinnavi Sunday, 18 September 2011 08:10 AM

    We Srilankans don't want to hear advice from Ammensty International, an organisation working for Tamil Diaspora.

    chandra Sunday, 18 September 2011 08:25 AM

    Amnesti.You never talk against L.T.T.E Terarist activitist.

    Tony Sunday, 18 September 2011 11:25 AM

    Amnestly International is a bias entity which has no substance what so ever. Its clear fact that the AI is totally working with the LTTE diaspora and it reflects that the AI is on the defunct LTTE payroll. We Sri Lankans would never listen to you .. dumb idiots...

    S Kumaran Sunday, 18 September 2011 11:37 AM

    We Srilankans only care about International Aid, GSP+, ……..etc

    somaratne ranasinghe Sunday, 18 September 2011 12:02 PM

    my question is without bias or prejudice;

    IF I AM ACCUSED OF MURDER, CAN I DO A SELF ASSESSMENT AND GIVE A VERDICT THAT HAS TO BE ACCEPTED BY MY ACCUSERS AND OTHERS TO BE FINAL? IF YOUR ANSWER IS 'YES' THEN WE CAN ASK FROM TOMORROW FOR ALL THE COURTS TO CLOSE AND JUDGES TO STAY HOME.
    IF YOU ANSWER 'NO' THEN YOU SUPPORT AN INDEPENDENT INQUIRY. DO YOUR OWN THINKING ON THIS MATTER, WHY WASTE TIME SHOUTING AT EVERYONE?


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