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A List of Commissions of Inquiry and Committees Appointed by the Government of Sri Lanka (2006 – 2012)

A List of Commissions of Inquiry and Committees Appointed by the Government of Sri Lanka (2006 – 2012)

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A List of Commissions of Inquiry and Committees Appointed by the Government of
Sri Lanka (2006 – 2012)
A List of Commissions of Inquiry and Committees Appointed by the Government of
Sri Lanka (2006 – 2012)

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Annex
A List of Commissions of Inquiry and Committees Appointed by the Government ofSri Lanka (2006 – 2012)
The table below contains basic information pertaining to Commissions of Inquiry (CoI)
1
and committees appointed by the Government since cominginto power in November 2005.
2
Section I of the table examines the CoI and Section II contains information pertaining to key committees establishedduring the specific time period.
3
 
Section ICommissions of Inquiry (CoI) are listed chronologically based on the date of appointmentName of Commission Mandate Timeframe Outcome
1.
 
Presidential commission ofinquiry appointed toinquire into matters arisingout of the procurement ofhigh value weapons, othermilitary equipment,To inquire and report on mattersrelating to the procurement of highvalue weapons, other militaryequipment, materials and servicesduring the period 2001-2005 by theSri Lanka Navy.
4
 Commissionappointed: 24March 2006Noinformation isFinal report has been submitted tothe President but its findings havenot been made public.
5
 
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The Commissions listed in this document does not include those established by the National Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka.
2
The commissions and committees listed in this document are limited to those where information is publicly available.
3
As of 9 March 2012.
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Dilrukshi Handunnetti, “
Results do not match expenditur
, Sunday Leader, 4 January 2008,http://www.thesundayleader.lk/20090104/FOCUS.HTM.
5
Ranga Jayasuriya, “
No full disclosureon military corruption 
, Lakbima News, 15 June 2011,http://www.lakbimanews.lk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1777:no-full-disclosure-on-military-corruption&catid=35:news-features&Itemid=37.
 
2
materials and services, bythe Sri Lanka Navy(Supreme Court Justice NG. Amaratunga).[Gazette (Extraordinary) No1437/26- 2006]publiclyavailableregarding thedate on whichthe report wassubmitted tothe president.2.
 
Presidential Commissionappointed to Inquire intoProcurement of HighValue Weapons, otherMilitary Equipment andServices during 2000-2005by the Government of SriLanka (headed by SupremeCourt Justice ShiraneeTilakawardane).[Gazette (Extraordinary) No1452/12- 2006]To inquire and report on mattersrelating to the procurement ofweapons, other military equipment,materials and services closing inexcess of Rs.100 million each by theGovernment of Sri Lanka during theperiod 2000-2005.
6
 Commissionappointed: 5July 2006.Reportsubmitted tothe President:January 2007.
7
 Report has not been made public.
8
 3.
 
Two-member Commissionof Inquiry to probe theassassination of Batticaloadistrict ParliamentarianJoseph Pararajasingham(former judges -To inquire into and obtaininformation in respect of thecircumstances relating to theassassination of the late JosephPararajasingham in Batticaloa on orabout 25 December 2005 and the
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Dilrukshi Handunnetti, “
Results do not match expenditur
, Sunday Leader, 4
th
January 2008,http://www.thesundayleader.lk/20090104/FOCUS.HTM.
7
Kusal Perera, “
Buying Land, Opposition and Rajapaksas Without Citizens’ Right To Information 
, The Sunday Leader, 26
th
June 2011,http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2011/06/26/buying-land-opposition-and-rajapaksas-without-citizens%E2%80%99-right-to-information/ .
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Yohan Perera , “
Reveal Finding of Commissions 
, The Dailymirror, 21
st
June 2011,http://www.dailymirror.lk/news/12034-reveal-findings-of-commissions.html.
 
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Mahanama Tillekeratneand S.V.P. Munidasa).
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 [Gazette (Extraordinary) No1459/17- 2006]person or persons directly orindirectly responsible for suchassassination.To examine whether the manner inwhich the investigations were carriedout by the Police and other securitypersonnel was adequate and impartialhaving due regard to the proceedingsestablished by law.
10
 Commissionappointed: 23August2006.
11
 Workcompleted:March 2007.Final report has been submitted tothe President but its findings havenot yet been made public.
12
 This incident was also included in themandate of the ‘UdalagamaCommission’ (discussed below).4.
 
Presidential Commissionon the Disappeared (TheMahanama TilakaratneCommission).[Gazette (Extraordinary) No1462/30- 2006] and [Gazette(Extraordinary) No 1505/17- 2007]To examine the circumstances thatlead to such incidents of abductions,disappearances, unidentified deadbodies and unexplained killings aswere reported throughout Sri Lanka inthe recent past (this was amended tosince 13 September 2006”).To identify any armed group orgroups, any other forces or personswho were directly or indirectlyCommissionappointed: 15September2006.
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 (Mandateextended andchanged on11
 
July 2007)InterimReports: 12
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Iqbal Athas, “
Situation Report: LTTE takes beating, but long way to g
, The Sunday Times, 27 August 2006,http://sundaytimes.lk/060827/columns/sitrep.html.
10
Iqbal Athas, “
Situation Report: LTTE takes beating, but long way to g
, The Sunday Times, 27 August 2006,http://sundaytimes.lk/060827/columns/sitrep.html.
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U.SDepartment of State, “
2006 Country report on Human rights practices: Sri Lank
, 6 March 2007.http://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/hrrpt/2006/78875.htm.
12
International Crisis Group, “
Sri Lanka’s Human Rights Crisis 
, Crisis Group Asia Report N°135, 14 June 2007,http://www.crisisgroup.org/~/media/Files/asia/south-asia/sri-lanka/135_sri_lanka_s_human_rights_crisis.pdf; Dilrukshi Handunnetti, “
Results do not match expenditure 
, Sunday Leader, 4
th
January 2008,http://www.thesundayleader.lk/20090104/FOCUS.HTM.
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International Crisis Group, “
Sri Lanka’s Human Rights Crisis 
, Crisis Group Asia Report N°135, 14 June 2007,http://www.crisisgroup.org/~/media/Files/asia/south-asia/sri-lanka/135_sri_lanka_s_human_rights_crisis.pdf, page 21.

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Puni Selva added this note
The cumulative effect for the oppressed that have no representation at the UN ?? CEYLON : A DIVIDED NATION, B H Farmer(1963):''The truth, though unpalatable may be to some, is simply that nobody unacceptable to the present Sinhalese Buddhist nationalism has any chance of constitutional power in contemporary Ceylon.'' ''But that truth cannot excuse human rights violations that currently afflict
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What is the cumulative effect of not making the reports public for the i.present and ii.future of the country? These six years of ''commissions/committees'' are actually preceded by 25 years of similar ''commisssions/committeess'' - http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/inf...

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