TRANSFORMATIVE CONTENT OF LLRC REPORT REQUIRES PEOPLE’S PARTICIPATION

The resolution on Sri Lanka passed at the 19th Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on March 22 called on the government to implement the report of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission appointed by the government to address the issues of post-war transformation of the country.   The government has so far not made a comprehensive or detailed response to this resolution. Although the issue of the Geneva resolution on Sri Lanka has generated interest within the country, much of the public discussion on it has been ill informed or based on partial assessments. The key role of the LLRC report in addressing both international and national concerns has not been given sufficient attention. 

It is unfortunate that more than four months after its appearance, the LLRC report continues to remain inaccessible to the vast majority of the country’s people as it has not been made available to them in the Sinhala and Tamil languages.  The National Peace Council believes that the people of the country need to be brought into the discussion regarding the rebuilding of post-war Sri Lanka.   There is much that needs to be done to take the LLRC’s message to the general public by educating them on the contents of the LLRC report. 

A basic feature of democracy is that people should participate in issues pertaining to their governance.  NPC is concerned that the important message of the LLRC report, which represents a transformative process to post-war democracy, may be lost in the obfuscation of partisan political debate. The role of civil society is to prepare the ground for the government to implement the LLRC recommendations, along with people’s participation.  We call on the government and international community to support a full effort by civil society to ensure that the political transformation of Sri Lanka as envisaged by the LLRC Commissioners.


Governing Council

The National Peace Council is an independent and non partisan organisation that works towards a negotiated political solution to the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka. It has a vision of a peaceful and prosperous Sri Lanka in which the freedom, human rights and democratic rights of all the communities are respected. The policy of the National Peace Council is determined by its Governing Council of 20 members who are drawn from diverse walks of life and belong to all the main ethnic and religious communities in the country.