On the implementation of the LLRC report
Posted on April 4th, 2012

By Nalin de Silva  Courtesy The Island  April 3, 2012, 6:48 pm

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The UNHRC wants Sri Lanka to implement the LLRC report and to monitor the implementation. The UNP shouts from roof tops that if the government had implemented the LLRC report then nothing would have happened in Geneva as far as Sri Lanka is concerned. It is true that the LLRC was appointed by the government without a mandate to go into the so-called ethnic problem but one could argue that no recommendation on the failure of the Ranil Prabhakaran Pact aka Ceasefire Agreement, could have been made without reference to the Tamil problem. However the so called ethnic problem is presented with myths that we have analyzed from time to time but it is worth repeating some of them not in the distant future at least for the benefit of those who have become interested in the problem recently.

 

However, before we go into an analysis of the myths pertaining to Tamil racism we have to comment again on the latest threat in the form of the resolution of the UNHRC at Geneva. There are many pundits who claim that if the government does not implement the LLRC report we will have to face harsh consequences. These are the very same people who argued that the LTTE led by one of the “best military strategists” born into this world could not be defeated. The UNP never thought of defeating the LTTE even in their dreams but were busy with signing pacts with Prabhakaran under the patronage of the Norwegians who were only a cat’s paw of the English and the Americans. Thus, if the UNP was in power certainly nothing would have happened in Geneva as they would have given the LTTE an Eelam on a platter. Even at the height of the humanitarian operations we knew that the LTTE was supplied with arms and other equipment by the western countries led by England and America and they were contemplating to stop the operations by applying pressure on President Mahinda Rajapaksa. At the very last moment the Americans and the English were all out to send a ship to Sri Lanka to rescue Prabhakaran and the other terrorists, paying lip service to anti terrorism. We remember Nambiar trying to contact perhaps the rescue crew from the wash rooms (they were called toilets then) of the Katunayake airport. We have to be grateful to the President Rajapakse for standing up to all these pressures and to the Defence secretary and the armed forces for finally defeating the LTTE at Nandikadal. From that moment the west has been applying pressure on the government from number of points starting with white flags to implement a so-called solution to the “ethnic problem”. However, it does not mean that the west became interested in the so called ethnic problem at that point. They were the creators of the problem who finally aided and abetted LTTE terrorism. The internationalization of the problem took place way back in the seventeenth century when the Dutch wanted labour for their tobacco cultivation.

 

The LLRC was appointed by the government to report on the failure of the Ranil-Prabhakaran Pact and on lessons learnt and reconciliation after the acts of terrorism. The LLRC has come out with a report with recommendations on solving the so called ethnic problem as well. However, there is a problem with their understanding of the Tamil problem and any “solution” suggested by an individual or a committee depends on the way the individual or the committee understands the problem. Now England and America have grabbed the report and demand that the government implement the recommendations made by the LLRC. However, what has to be emphasised is that the LLRC, however it may be important to the west, is just another commission appointed by the government and nobody can force the latter to implement the recommendations of the former. If the government wishes it can completely ignore the report or implement a few recommendations which in its opinion are good for the country. The governance of the country whether good or bad is by the government and not by UNHRC or by the UN. It is certainly not good governance for an external body to dictate how the government should govern. The implementation or not of the LLRC report is the prerogative of the government and not of the UNHRC, America or England.

 

In this regard, it has to be reminded that some time ago a commission was appointed by President Premadasa to look into the youth unrest after the second JVP insurgency in 1987 “”…” 1990. Ironically, Prof. G. L. Peiris himself was an eminent member of the commission, but after the report was submitted no human rights organisation whether local or “international” demanded that its recommendations should be implemented. To date nobody knows what happened to the report and Prof. Peiris could enlighten the UNHRC on the recommendations of the commission and how much of them have been implemented. It was up to the Premadasa government to decide on the implementation of the recommendations of the commission and nobody rightfully questioned the intentions of the then government. It is clear that the so-called international community comprising mainly of the western Christian white countries were not interested in the welfare of the Sinhala youth then. However, it does not mean that those countries are interested in the welfare of the Tamil youth or the elders but are using the Tamil people against the Sinhala people in this country. Forty years ago after the first JVP insurgency a committee was appointed under the chairmanship of late Prof. Osmond Jayaratne to make recommendations on University reorganization and the University Act of 1972 that amalgamated all the then existing universities into one single university was a result of the wisdom of the eminent academics who comprised the committee. The University Act No. 16 of 1978 repealed the 1972 Act, and the single university died a natural death. However, as a result of the 1972 Act, the Vidyodaya and Vidyalankara Universities which were established in 1959 to promote Sinhala and Buddhistic studies had to give into campuses in the tradition of the Universities of Peradeniya and Colombo and the 1978 Act only made them fully fledged Universities in the same tradition giving step motherly treatment to Sinhala and Buddhistic studies, and the Faculties other than the Faculty of Humanities a high status in the University hierarchy. Today even the names Vidyodaya and Vidyalankara have been dispensed with to the satisfaction of some old academics as well youth who are Macaulay’s children burdened with a superiority complex. Thus the eminent people such as Osmond Jayaratne, V. K. Samaranayke could not come out with a long lasting solution even on University reorganization and the government has to be very careful in implementing recommendations of these committees which may be detrimental to the national interest in the final analysis. The LLRC may have comprised many eminent persons but however eminent they may be their word is not the final, and it is the government which is responsible to the general public unlike the commissions that has to take a decision on the implementation of the report.

 

It is said by equally eminent people that if the government does not implement the LLRC recommendations Sri Lanka would be isolated and that we have to follow the example of Myanmar and comply with the “international” opinion. Myanmar government is not an elected government and it cannot be compared with the government of President Rajapaksa, and what has to be remembered is that even the military government of Myanmar was able to resist the so-called international opinion for number of decades. In Sri Lanka the west has no option against the President and that is why they are desperate on the release of Sarath Fonseka in spite of his pronouncement of Sri Lanka as a Sinhala Buddhist country. The west at the last Presidential elections was successful in getting the TNA to support Sarath Fonseka, and we all know that before the elections the retired General came out with his white flag story. America is not an emerging “imperial power” but a decaying colonial power that is waiting for its final battle with Iran. One may remind us that Russia who voted against the American resolution has also called for the implementation of the LLRC report and thus the world opinion will finally turn against Sri Lanka as has happened in Syria. The problem with the government is that it rhetorically mentions that it would implement the LLRC report without being specific as to the recommendations it could implement. The government does not have to implement all the recommendations, especially those connected with the so called ethnic problem, and should convene a meeting of the Diplomats of the countries that opposed the American resolution and those that abstained at Geneva to explain to them the so called ethnic problem and the LLRC recommendations. In this connection it would be appropriate to quote from SAIR. “If such an outcome (victory over a terrorist outfit – NdeS) were to be secured in Iraq or Afghanistan or, now, even in Pakistan, it would be embraced by the West as an unadulterated and righteous triumph. In Sri Lanka, however, it appears to have provoked, across much of Europe and among the most prominent international agencies “”…” including the United Nations (UN) “”…” a seething and barely concealed outrage… There is a sense, not of a dreaded terrorist organisation having been defeated and destroyed, but of collaborators, comrades, fellows at arms, lost to the enemy. (SAIR, Volume 7, No. 46, May 25, 2009)

9 Responses to “On the implementation of the LLRC report”

  1. Dham Says:

    Who are these -uckers of LLRC ? Government also said two of them offered the asses to US.
    Why Mahinda appointed these assholes ? Probably he asked them to recommend 13A as an excuse to his greed.
    Why need a reconcilation in a country which did not have any law prohabitting Tamils from sitting with Sinhalese in the beach or bus ? Why need reconcilation with Tamils whose leaders were never sent to jail for 30 years but sent to parliament instead ? Why need reconcilation with Tamils whose chilrder were never stolen, whose land were protected by Thesawavame law, who were not forced to be drunks or pertol snjffers and whos life span is not 40 years where as Sinhala life span is 75 ?

  2. jayt Says:

    Llrc appolnted by govt is true but recommandation came from west it is your duty to learn how it inflitrated. Tigers best tool of war for war was espionage which is western west shouted in front of the world to sounds like they want. To save the tigers . That was big trick they played what was they wanted to do is get rid of main leadersreplace the other tigers and go for the same programs that tiger leader was wanted. Then , sinhalese cannot say no to other tamil. This the trick west played with sl

    Did Libya defeated western espionage tricks? Did sadam? Did Syria?

  3. Dham Says:

    LLRC succkers should have been monitored 24/7. Even thought theyve ben appointed with faith rajas should be awake to protect the treasure won by poor soldiers. This is not their property to give away at will.

  4. Sri Rohana Says:

    This is another brilliant piece of article by Prof. Nalin and very well written why the LLRC and for what it appointed for. As Professor says LLRC appointed to find out the failure of American cat’s paw Norwegians drafted “Ranil and terrorist velupillai prabakaran’s secret eelam plan (CFA).
    The Americans and UNHR’s tamil tribal racist navinathan pillai talk utter nonsense without knowing any facts or findings of LLRC. Their agenda is to revenged from Sri Lanka for eliminate their lap dog velupillai and his terrorist gang. If not why the hell world’s biggest human right violator since world’s civilization crying so much for velupillai’s terrorists gang.

    If any one read Professor Nalin’s articles can understand how tamil racism and tamil expansionism work together and what their final goal against Sri Lanka. tamil racism in high gear for their fullest efforts to do maximum damage to Sri Lanka. All over the world’s tamil tribal racists including navi pillai of UNHR join hands together to create eelam within our mother land Sri Lanka. This is the high time Sinhala nation has to join hands and line up shoulder to shoulder to defeat tamil racism and tamil expansionism against Sri Lanka.

  5. AnuD Says:

    [This is the high time Sinhala nation has to join hands and line up shoulder to shoulder to defeat tamil racism and tamil expansionism against Sri Lanka. ]

    Sri Rohana:

    Nothing else to say.

    Every Time when Southern politicians Screw up things people get together and shoulder the burden.

    JVP Began. It is the people who shouldered it. They lost their children for or against the JVP. Now, they are silent.

    LTTE came. so many youth died to defend against LTTE. Now, they are silent. Some had even to leave the country. Apparently, opposing forces had used divide and control strategy. So, SF is also in the jail. See, how many parents, wives and children suffering silently.

    Now, either to win the Nobel prize or just to fool everybody again, pro-LTTE people were introduced into the LLRC commiitee KNOWINGLY. Could we have expected NOT AT ALL – PRO-LTTE recommendations from them. On top of that, GOvt had asked them to include the 13th amendment as a recommendation ?? How can I believe that ?

    If the implemention of the 13th amendment is one recommendation, then we can understand why everybody is so interested about the IMPLEMENTATION OF LLRC.

    So, this time too it is the politicians who screwed up and now you say people join hands to defend the nation. What else we can do. It is our ONLY country.

    I am pretty sure, problems for Sri Lanka in the international arena are not over.

    My only question is this veteran politician with 40 years of political experience who could win the war on his own, why he could not understand these simple things and now the military defeat of LTTE led to another debacle made by the politicians ?

    I think FORGET the escape from LLRC implemention. Instead, LEARN HOW TO LIVE WITHOUT ANY FOREIGN HELP. REMIND PEOPLE THAT.

  6. AnuD Says:

    Whether it is UPFA or UNP or JVP are all southern politicians.

    Sri Lanka does not have a system inwhich proper capable leaders are allowed to climb the political ladder and become leaders. IT is among the same old boys club and if some one else comes they are in the same boat.

    Read this article and see how southern politicians laid the foundation to the Geneva trip.

    http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=49048

    Now, it is the again the voters turn because the idiots voted in by the voters have screwed it up.

  7. Leela Says:

    Leave out the point that LLRC is our commission and it was manned by our own learned men and women, we must understand that only a few hundred people gave evidence to it and often with conflicting views. As usual in such situation the commission had accepted some views and ignored others. The question we have to ask ourselves is; was it on merits the commission made its decisions or to please the powers that hang over our heads like the sward of Damocles.

    Some pundits like Dayan J type 13A backers think, every one of those LLRC findings have to be implemented is just as absurd as to say it should all be thrown away as thrash. When Dayan opined Sri Lanka has to change like Myanmar, I realised he is again promoting his own politicking than uphold country agenda.

    The President of Sri Lanka is not a military junta like the one in Myanmar. He was elected on a widely published manifesto with over 60% approval. For that reason, findings by eight members of LLRC commission cannot push the President to go against his own manifesto though he himself has appointed them. LLRC members are neither more learned than many of us nor are they omnipotent and omniscient Gods.

    It should be the job of the elected members of the Parliament to choose what or what not to implement of 270 odd recommendations by LLRC.
    Leela

  8. Vijendra Says:

    Nalin, thank you very much for a very clear explanation of the role of the LLRC and the highjacking of the report by the LTTE supporting western warmongers.

    As he explained, this is a commission appointed by the government to advise the government on a course of post-war action. Advice is just what it is. Government can take all of the advice, some of the advice or none of the advice as it decides fit. No one can force the government to do anything in the advice provided. However, the government must stop dilly-dallying and decide what it wants to to with the advice this commission has given. Part of governing is to be decisive, transparent and articulate in clear terms what their action plan is.

    Based on the advice they have received, the SL government should come out with clear policy decisions and the plan of action they want to follow, rather than allow representatives of missions to speculate what the course of action of the SL government should be. These types of speculations and pronouncements come up when the central government is silent on its decision. So, will the government do all the thinking necessary quickly and come up with its vision please so that all understand it and could support it to the best of their ability?

  9. Dham Says:

    Leela,
    “Leave out the point that LLRC is our commission and it was manned by our own learned men and women” are you on drugs ?
    Will our own men and women make such stupid recommendations of handing over police powers to terrorists ?

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