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Ahead of the session of the United Nations Human Rights Councils (UNHRC), the government will update the diplomatic community in Colombo   on Thursday on the implementation of recommendations by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), a minister said yesterday.

The previous briefing on the National Action Plan for the implementation of these recommendations was done a month ago.  During the briefing, copies of a report that contained measures taken and to be taken by the government in this task were distributed among diplomats.   

External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris told Daily Mirror that the government had made giant strides in implementing LLRC recommendations.
“We have much to tell the diplomatic community,” he said.    

Despite the government’s pronouncements, the United States (US) is now planning to a move a procedural resolution at the next session in March, calling for Sri Lanka to do more to promote reconciliation and to address accountability issues.  

The text of the proposed resolution has been made available to Sri Lankan authorities.   It calls for ‘unfettered access’ for UN rapporteurs to visit Sri Lanka.

Earlier, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay also made a similar request, but the Sri Lankan government rejected it.

Asked about the government’s response to the draft procedural resolution, Minister Peiris said the government was yet to study it.

“It is too early for the government to comment on it. We have to study it,” he said.

Meanwhile, it is learnt that various human rights groups are planning to up the heat on Sri Lanka during the upcoming session of the UNHRC.

Asked for a comment, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) said the government itself had amply demonstrated how law and order was suppressed in the north. TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran said his party would not do anything afresh in presenting its case as a result.

“The government has done the country good by demonstrating what was going on in the north. The Opposition Leader was witness to last week’s attack on the fast by the opposition in Jaffna. Now, we can take a back seat. The government itself demonstrated it,” he said.

Last Friday, the fast campaign was attacked.  Opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe who participated in it blamed the incident on military intelligence. (Kelum Bandara)
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  • Lobo Monday, 18 February 2013 10:16 AM

    Good one Kamal. Nice to see something sensible instead of the usual out-of-topic racial and insulting comments.

    Mahela Tuesday, 19 February 2013 04:02 AM

    Lion snoring while noose id getting tight......... Govt. on turtle walk when the the world is in a rabbit run.

    Mason Monday, 18 February 2013 07:05 AM

    Giant strides taken backward in implementing LLRC. Will the government present what have been implemented to the parliament and have a debate on it.

    garawi Monday, 18 February 2013 12:57 PM

    Too late!!! GTF has been briefing for the last three years while you were asleep!

    union Monday, 18 February 2013 01:40 PM

    LTTE or International community is not a saint. However present regime is comprises of criminals and they don’t have any class. They are using the local “politicians talk” (bullshitting) to deal with international community which will not work. During and after fight Sri Lankan government, which did not allow anyone/media to witness or cover wheat was going on at that time and claimed that there was no civilian causality. It is the international bodies which found out there were total violation of human rights and proved well organized mass murder targeting civilians. What Sri Lankan government did for that? Now they simply say those killings were due to LTTE shelling and try to put an end like morons without any credible investigation. Sri Lankan leadership for their own benefit quietly isolating this country and steering towards models like Cuba or Iraq (during Sadam’s regim). This is not good for common man and our generation have to pay big price just say bunch of war criminals.

    Kamal K Monday, 18 February 2013 07:43 AM

    From what is going on in the country now, the international community does not have a look further to put the blame on government. It seems we have to have an enemy and cant live without one. Now that the LTTE is crushed we have opened up a different front. I don't know who is behind it, but it is clear the SL GOV is taking a wait and see approach. I think they want to see how far they can go with these protest against muslims.

    This time around I dont think we will get much support from the countries which voted for us last time around. Unchecked Corruption, high COL and general law and order has deteriorated so badly common man has no say in anything. The voting system is one of the worst in the world. In which country a man get elected from one party and no sooner cross over to ruling party.

    If we are to get our rights we have to fight the common enemy. The common enemy is cunning by creating a communal issue they are taking all of us for a ride all over again.

    Pasel Monday, 18 February 2013 02:25 PM

    This regime only care about themselves

    How the gov is going to explain the improvement on their part
    Still arrest ,media facing threaten, Impeachment of the CJ

    More over

    According the UK new last year gov purchased £2million worth of arms
    They could use the money toward to the country development
    Now lost the GSP+ because didn't work with EU
    IMF telling the gov not to use the fund foe balance the budget
    Gov walked away from it
    Hand over the notchicholai power plant to china
    Making two international airports in short distance
    Mihin is running in lost

    Namal Perera Monday, 18 February 2013 03:17 PM

    Please note intimidation, murder and disappearences and so on only works internally and not internationally.

    Countryman Monday, 18 February 2013 03:37 AM

    Fast action in needed by international community save Sri Lanka. Resolution may be a start.


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