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Three leading international Human Rights groups had turned down invitations to testify before Sri Lanka’s Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), claiming that it lacks the ability to advance accountability for war crimes.

In a joint statement the Human Rights Watch, the International Crisis Group and Amnesty International stated that “the Commission suffers from an inadequate mandate, a lack of independence and little credibility to advance accountability.”

It also said that they would welcome an opportunity to appear before a genuine, credible effort to pursue political reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka, but that the Commission does not meet minimum international standards for commissions of inquiry.
 
President Mahinda Rajapaksa, established the Commission in May 2010 to probe allegations of abuse during the war against the LTTE and reasons for the failure of the 2002 Ceasefire Agreement.

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  • Tm Abay Thursday, 14 October 2010 12:14 PM

    Why R they turnin this down? This is a good chance 4 them 2 prove their point. Unless they don't have a point to prove

    Nalaka Thursday, 14 October 2010 01:03 PM

    dream on sparky. did you get out by boat??

    Udaya Friday, 15 October 2010 03:32 AM

    These so-called Human rights groups know that they and their double games of supporting LTTE terrorism get exposed if they are cross-examined here. So they will never come.

    Sri Lanka Thursday, 14 October 2010 10:07 AM

    They are Human Rights Terrorists. They have lots to hide thats the reason of turning the invitation down.

    Gayan Friday, 15 October 2010 08:02 AM

    Being blind to hypocracy does not make it right either.

    Watchman Thursday, 14 October 2010 10:12 AM

    Wait till it happens to you. Then you will realise.

    Lalin Mendis Friday, 15 October 2010 04:11 AM

    The Govt. must have given lump sum to prevent them from giving evidence

    Gayan Friday, 15 October 2010 08:06 AM

    are those human rights groups supported LTTE terrorism impartial?

    R.F.Maria Dineshan. Thursday, 14 October 2010 10:24 AM

    The aim of LLRC, to delay the action of Ban-ki-Moon issue.
    Right groups identified it!

    victoria Friday, 15 October 2010 04:17 AM

    They do not want to end up with a bullet in their head !!!

    victoria Friday, 15 October 2010 04:19 AM

    The Commission appointe by MR

    Hemantha Thursday, 14 October 2010 10:28 AM

    Let this so called Human Right Terrorists Go to Hell along with West.We Love Our Country.

    Tissamaharama Friday, 15 October 2010 04:26 AM

    Are we, as a nation losing crdibility or whatever that is left of it?

    channa Thursday, 14 October 2010 10:31 AM

    They dont have any evidence thats why....They only spread rumors...

    THE UNDERTAKER Thursday, 14 October 2010 10:33 AM

    SRI LANKA- R U REALLY SITTING OR STANDING???-

    ind Thursday, 14 October 2010 10:39 AM

    What is the accountability of HRC ??

    janapala Thursday, 14 October 2010 04:26 PM

    which idiot invited them?

    Channa Friday, 15 October 2010 05:08 AM

    So why they are not testifying...They can go in front of the committee and the Media and tell?....Without issuing Press releases...Use your common sense.

    rosh Thursday, 14 October 2010 10:48 AM

    Im waiting till something like that happens to u

    Jagath Gunawardene Thursday, 14 October 2010 05:01 PM

    What all these LLRC, Ban-Ki-Moon's panel etc., are trying to achieve? People live on public funds are great in doing research on past which will not help for future developments. Politicians know what and how to do and escape from legal action against them. We, the public make comments which is just read by us and not by any of these institutions or politicians. Just time waste.

    D.P.Liyanage Thursday, 14 October 2010 10:59 AM

    These Human Rights Groups are the violators of Human Rights. No one else.

    malkanthi Thursday, 14 October 2010 11:01 AM

    If you are blind to the truth, and agree with lies who will go to hell?? Ya as it is one day everything will be at gun point1!

    fxt Thursday, 14 October 2010 11:05 AM

    All these comments are biased depending on which side of the political fence one is.

    We do not have comments from people who can think independently.

    Wasantha Friday, 15 October 2010 06:04 AM

    This commission was appointed to white wash the government. How can you expect them to conduct an impartial investigation?.

    spark Thursday, 14 October 2010 11:08 AM

    Wait till the country or rather the system of governance starts hating you. Then you would go and apply for migration to those same you called "human right terrorist" countries. Certainly you will ignore applying to those genuine democracies and freindly countries like Iran, Burma, China, Pakistan etc...

    spark Thursday, 14 October 2010 11:11 AM

    You like to believe in rumours that you like and call it the truth. What you dislike believing and perhaps the truth, you classify as terrorist propaganda or simply false rumours.

    spark Friday, 15 October 2010 06:24 AM

    Dont judge others the same way sri lankans are judged.

    KD Thursday, 14 October 2010 08:16 PM

    Perhaps not enough money comes from attending LLRC sessions.

    victoria Friday, 15 October 2010 07:00 AM

    This is what the Human rghts and other groupshas to say about LLRC
    “This Commission is nothing more than a cynical attempt by Sri Lanka to avoid a serious inquiry that would bring genuine accountability.”

    SO SRI LANKA HAS NOTHING TO LOOSE ???


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