21 November, 2018

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GSL to consider Channel 4 allegations – UK government report says

BY Colombo Telegraph –

Sri Lankan government has indicated that the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission will consider the allegations contained in the Channel 4 documentary

We share international concern about the credibility of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission process

“Sri Lankan government has indicated that the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission will consider the allegations contained in the Channel 4 documentary” a UK government report said.  The report “Eights report from the foreign Affairs Committee of Session 2010-12 “ was presented to British Parliament by the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in September 2011. The report further says; Under international law it is the primary responsibility of the state concerned to investigate and, where necessary, prosecute credible allegations of violations of international humanitarian law. In addition, the Government believes that the process of reconciliation between Sri Lanka’s communities has a greater chance of success if investigations are Sri Lankan-led rather than externally imposed. The Government of Sri Lanka has established a domestic process, the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission, which is due to produce its report in November. We share international concern about the credibility of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission process, but the Sri Lankan government has indicated that the Commission will consider the allegations contained in the Channel 4 documentary. We will consider all further options in light of the Commission’s conclusions and recommendations.

The Government shares the view of the Committee that concrete action is necessary to deal with the serious allegations of breaches of international humanitarian and human rights law committed by both sides during the military conflict in Sri Lanka. The UN Panel of Experts Report and the Channel 4 documentary underline the imperative need for this.

The Government has always supported an independent, credible and transparent investigation into these allegations. Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State Alistair Burt made clear to the Government of Sri Lanka in June that the Government expects to see progress by the end of this year. If the Sri Lankan Government does not respond, the UK will support the international community in revisiting all options available to press the Sri Lankan government to fulfil its obligations.

read full report here ; http://www.official-documents.gov.uk/document/cm81/8169/8169.pdf

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    I think the 11th hour has finally come to Sri Lanka.May the mighty god help Sri Lanka!!!!???

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      This time around it will be the rising public that will beat the life out of Regime
      henchmen/ political mouth pieces, so that one arm of the Regime is broken first,
      before the downfall commences. The last Katunayake uprising is a small taste of it.

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      too late. miss the bus.

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    cant we have our own UN n AI in hambantota? n build sri lankan UN’s head office there?

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    I think the 11th hour has finally come to Sri Lanka.May the mighty god help Sri Lanka!!!!???

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    no one can do anything to the MR bros as long as the people of hambantota r with them

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    Still the so called Singhala saviours the Rajapaksha clan and particularly the sibling half baked defence expert will not rest , pretending to be later day Duthagamunu until all the tamil population is reduced to ashes by whatever criminal means . He is right to declare that there is no need for devolution, ” exsisting constitution is enough ” because ruthless elimination of minority is his aim.
    He could give his expert advice to the Americans how to win the war in Afhanistan
    -ban any independent international persons,journalist and barricade the population and indiscriminate saturate bombing, later disallow any outsiders to visit that effected area. Afhanistan war would have been won by Gotapaja method.

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