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

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The table below contains basic information pertaining to Commissions of Inquiry (CoI)1 and committees appointed by the Government since coming into power in November 2005.2 Section I of the table examines the CoI and Section II contains information pertaining to key committees established during the specific time period.3

Section I Commissions of Inquiry (CoI) are listed chronologically based on the date of appointment Name of Commission 1. Presidential commission of inquiry appointed to inquire into matters arising out of the procurement of high value weapons, other military equipment,
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Mandate To inquire and report on matters relating to the procurement of high value weapons, other military equipment, materials and services during the period 2001-2005 by the Sri Lanka Navy.4

Timeframe Commission appointed: 24 March 2006 No information is

Outcome Final report has been submitted to the President but its findings have not been made public. 5

The Commissions listed in this document does not include those established by the National Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka. The commissions and committees listed in this document are limited to those where information is publicly available. As of 9 March 2012. Dilrukshi Handunnetti, “Results do not match expenditure”, Sunday Leader, 4 January 2008, http://www.thesundayleader.lk/20090104/FOCUS.HTM.

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Ranga Jayasuriya, “No full disclosure on 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.

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materials and services, by the Sri Lanka Navy (Supreme Court Justice N G. Amaratunga). [Gazette (Extraordinary) No 1437/26- 2006] 2. Presidential Commission appointed to Inquire into Procurement of High Value Weapons, other Military Equipment and Services during 2000-2005 by the Government of Sri Lanka (headed by Supreme Court Justice Shiranee Tilakawardane). [Gazette (Extraordinary) No 1452/12- 2006] 3. Two-member Commission of Inquiry to probe the assassination of Batticaloa district Parliamentarian Joseph Pararajasingham (former judges To inquire into and obtain information in respect of the circumstances relating to the assassination of the late Joseph Pararajasingham in Batticaloa on or about 25 December 2005 and the To inquire and report on matters relating to the procurement of weapons, other military equipment, materials and services closing in excess of Rs.100 million each by the Government of Sri Lanka during the period 2000-2005.6

publicly available regarding the date on which the report was submitted to the president. Commission appointed: 5 July 2006. Report submitted to the President: January 2007.7 Report has not been made public.8

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Dilrukshi Handunnetti, “Results do not match expenditure”, Sunday Leader, 4th January 2008, http://www.thesundayleader.lk/20090104/FOCUS.HTM.

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Kusal Perera, “Buying Land, Opposition and Rajapaksas Without Citizens’ Right To Information”, The Sunday Leader, 26th 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, 21st June 2011, http://www.dailymirror.lk/news/12034-reveal-findings-of-commissions.html .

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Mahanama Tillekeratne and S.V.P. Munidasa).9 [Gazette (Extraordinary) No 1459/17- 2006]

person or persons directly or indirectly responsible for such assassination. To examine whether the manner in which the investigations were carried out by the Police and other security personnel was adequate and impartial having due regard to the proceedings established by law.10

Commission appointed: 23 August 2006.11 Work completed: March 2007.

Final report has been submitted to the President but its findings have not yet been made public.12 This incident was also included in the mandate of the ‘Udalagama Commission’ (discussed below).

4. Presidential Commission on the Disappeared (The Mahanama Tilakaratne Commission). [Gazette (Extraordinary) No 1462/30- 2006] and [Gazette (Extraordinary) No 1505/17- 2007]

To examine the circumstances that lead to such incidents of abductions, disappearances, unidentified dead bodies and unexplained killings as were reported throughout Sri Lanka in the recent past (this was amended to “since 13 September 2006”). To identify any armed group or groups, any other forces or persons who were directly or indirectly

Commission appointed: 15 September 2006.13 (Mandate extended and changed on 11 July 2007) Interim Reports: 12

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Iqbal Athas, “Situation Report: LTTE takes beating, but long way to go”, The Sunday Times, 27 August 2006, http://sundaytimes.lk/060827/columns/sitrep.html. Iqbal Athas, “Situation Report: LTTE takes beating, but long way to go”, The Sunday Times, 27 August 2006, http://sundaytimes.lk/060827/columns/sitrep.html. U.S Department of State, “2006 Country report on Human rights practices: Sri Lanka”, 6 March 2007. http://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/hrrpt/2006/78875.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 ; Dilrukshi Handunnetti, “Results do not match expenditure”, Sunday Leader, 4th 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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responsible for or involved in these incidents. To identify the causes and motives for such incidents. To assess the adequacy of the security arrangements made by the police and the security forces to prevent such incidents. 5. The Commission of Inquiry appointed to Investigate and Inquire into Serious Violations of Human Rights which are alleged to have arisen in Sri Lanka since 1 August 2005 (‘The Udalagama Commission’). To cause independent and comprehensive investigations into incidents involving alleged serious violations of human rights arising since 1 August 2005, specifically including serious violations of human rights specified in the schedule of the warrant of the commission (15 incidents16 with the addition of a 16th17).

December 2006 and 23 March 2007.14

Final report has been submitted to the President but its findings have yet to be made public.15

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“Sri Lanka - Presidential Commission on abductions, disappearances to submit final report soon”, 15 May 2007, http://www.desaparecidos.org/bbs/archives/003835.html. Amantha Perera, “Disappearances on the rise charge AI”, The Sunday Leader, 2 September 2007, http://www.thesundayleader.lk/archive/20070902/news.htm.. 1. The Assassination of the Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka, Hon. Lakshman Kadirgamar PC. 2. The killing of 17 aid workers of the international NGO, Action contre la Faim, in early August 2006. 3. The alleged execution of Muslim villagers in Muttur in early August 2006 and the execution at Welikanda of 14 persons from Muttur who were being transported in ambulances. 4. The assassination of Joseph Pararajasingham MP on 25 December 2005. 5. The killing of five youths in Trincomalee on or about 2 January 2006. 6. The assassination of the Deputy Director General of the Sri Lanka Peace Secretariat Ketheesh Loganathan on 12 August 2006. 7. Death of 51 people in Naddalamottankulam (Sencholai) in August 2006 8. Disappearance of Rev. Nihal Jim Brown of Philip Neri’s Church at Allaipidi on 28 August 2006. 9. Killing of five fishermen and another person at Pesalai beach and at the Pesalai Church on 17 June 2006. 10. Killing of 13 people in Kayts police area on 13 May 2006. 11. Killing of 10 Muslim villagers at Radella in Pottuvil police area on 17 September 2006.

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[Gazette (Extraordinary) No 1471/6- 2006]

To examine the adequacy and propriety of the investigations that were conducted pertaining to such incidents amounting to serious violations of human rights and to present a report or such Interim Reports to H.E, as may be appropriate containing the findings of the commission’s investigations and inquiries and its recommendations. In this regard the CoI was mandated to look into: • The facts surrounding the incident • The identity of the victims and the nature of their injuries • The circumstances that led to the incidents • The identities of the perpetrators • The efficacy of the investigations into the incident, and recommend: (i) Measures to be taken against the perpetrators in accordance with the laws of Sri Lanka. (ii) Appropriate measures of reparation to be provided to the victims of serious violations of human rights investigated and inquired into Commission by the CoI and to their next of kin. appointed: 13 (iii) Measures to be taken by the GoSL November

12. Killing of 68 people at Kebithigollewa on 15 June 2006. 13. Incident relating to the finding of five headless bodies in Avissawella on 29 April 2006. 14. Killing of 13 people at Welikanda on 29 May 2005. 15. Killing of 98 security forces personnel in Digampathana, Sigiriya, on 16 October 2006.
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The assassination of MP Nadaraja Raviraj was added later.

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to prevent such incidents in the future (iv) Any other recommendations the CoI considers relevant.18

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Report submitted to the President: End June 2009.19 6. The International Independent Group of Eminent Persons (IIGEP).21 The President of Sri Lanka invited 11 international actors to observe the work of the Commission of Inquiry to Investigate and Inquire into Alleged Serious Violations of Human Rights which was established in November 2006. To observe jointly or severally the investigations and inquiries conducted by the CoI, with a view to satisfying that such inquiries were conducted in Established in February 2007.

Report has not been made public.20

In its final report the IIGEP stated that it found an “absence of political will and (the) institutional inability of Sri Lanka to conduct human rights inquiries in accordance with international norms and standards”. The IIGEP stated that it was not able to conclude, as required by the terms of the Presidential invitation, that the proceedings of the Commission have been transparent or have satisfied basic international

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The Secretariat for coordinating the peace process (SCOPP), “Presidential Commission of Inquiry (CoI) and the International Independent Group of Eminent Persons (IIGEP) commences sessions”, SCOPP News letter, March 2007, http://www.peaceinsrilanka.org/userfiles/file/Newsletter_Feb-Mar2007.pdf .
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Chandani Kirinde, “Interview with Chairman of the CoI Justice Udalagama” , The Sunday Times , 21 June 2009, http://sundaytimes.lk/090621/News/sundaytimesnews_16.html.
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Namanin Wijedasa, “Interview with TNA leader R. Sampanthan”, Lakbima News, 25th February 2012, http://www.lakbimanews.lk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4723%3Asomebodys-got-to-do-the-right-thing-yes&Itemid=56; The LLRC strongly recommended the implementation of the recommendations of this commission [See “Report of the commission of Inquiry on Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation” (LLRC report), November 2011, Para 5.163, 9.120].
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The IIGEP was not appointed as a CoI but appointed to ‘observe’ the The Udalagama Commission (discussed below).

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a transparent manner and in accordance with basic international norms and standards. To ensure that such observations could be carried out efficaciously, members of the IIGEP shall be entitled to access all information and material the Commissioners of the CoI have access to and shall through the CoI and with its concurrence have access to witnesses when they are called to testify. To bring to the notice of the Chairman of the CoI and the Attorney General any corrective action that needs to be taken to ensure the transparency of the investigations and inquiries. To submit interim reports on the functioning of the commission to H.E. the President every three months. To submit a final report of their observations to H.E. the President prior to the expiry of three months after the issue of the final report of the CoI.22
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norms and standards. Termination of observation mission: End March 2008.23 The particular reasons for forming that opinion and motivating the IIGEP to terminate its mission before the conclusion of the proceedings of the CoI were; (a) A conflict of interest in the proceedings before the Commission (b) Lack of effective victim and witness protection. (c) Lack of transparency and timeliness in the proceedings. (d) Lack of full co-operation by State bodies. (e) Lack of financial independence of the Commission.24

International Independent Group of Eminent Persons (IIGEP), “The Final Report of the IIGEP”, 15 April 2008, http://www.ruleoflawsrilanka.org/resources/IIGEPnbspSTM.pdf.
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International Independent Group of Eminent Persons (IIGEP), “The Final Report of the IIGEP”, 15th April 2008, http://www.ruleoflawsrilanka.org/resources/IIGEPnbspSTM.pdf .

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7. Presidential Commission of Inquiry about failed finance companies. (Supreme Court Justice Priyantha Perera). [Gazette (Extraordinary) No 1502/15- 2007]

To examine the individual conduct for the deficiencies associated in connection with the items highlighted in the COPE (Parliamentary Committee on Public Enterprises) report, dated June 22, 2005, by relevant officials of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL), who were in charge of the regulation and supervision of banking and nonbanking financial sectors during the period 1991 to 2005.25 To inquire into and report on the payment of advances to the failed finance companies by the CBSL and whether the recovery of such payments could be made from the failed finance companies and what action could be taken against the directors of such failed finance companies.26

Commission appointed: 20 June 2007. Report submitted: 15 December 2008.27

Final report has been submitted to the President but its findings have not yet been made public. 28

8. Presidential Commission of Inquiry to inquire into
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To inquire into and report on the alleged VAT fraud at the Department

Final report has been submitted to the President but its findings have

International Independent Group of Eminent Persons (IIGEP), “The Final Report of the IIGEP”, 15th April 2008, http://www.ruleoflawsrilanka.org/resources/IIGEPnbspSTM.pdf.
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Natasha Gunaratne, “Presidential Commission on failed finance cos”, The Sunday Times, 13 May 2007, http://sundaytimes.lk/070513/FinancialTimes/ft346.html. Dilrukshi Handunnetti, “Results do not match expenditure”, The Sunday Leader, 4 January 2008, http://www.thesundayleader.lk/20090104/FOCUS.HTM. The Island, 18th December 2008, http://pdfs.island.lk/2008/12/18/p2.pdf . Daily Financial Times online, “Nihal writes to COPE chief”, 1 February 2012, http://www.ft.lk/2012/02/01/nihal-writes-to-cope-chief/ .

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the alleged VAT fraud at the Department of Inland Revenue in the process of making VAT refunds during the period 01 October 2002 to 25 August 2004 (retired High Court Judge M P Paranagama). [Gazette (Extraordinary) No 1516/18- 2007]

of Inland Revenue in the process of making VAT refunds during the period 01 October 2002 to 25 August 2004. To inquire into whether VAT refunds had been made to any companies that were not entitled to VAT refunds. To inquire into whether the refunds had been made in accordance with the guidelines of the Inland Revenue Department. To identify officers responsible for any irregularities that may have been made. Based on the findings recommend measures that could be taken to prevent similar incidents in the future.29 Commission appointed: 25 September 2007. Report submitted to the President: 8 December 2009.30

not yet been made public.

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Madhushala Senaratne, “VAT inquiry starts”, The Sunday Times, 25th November 2007, http://sundaytimes.lk/071125/News/news00030.html .

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Colombo page, “Presidential Commission of Inquiry presents its report on VAT refund fraud” 9th December 2009, http://www.colombopage.com/archive_091/Dec1260378344CH.html .

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Section II Important Committees appointed by the Government of Sri Lanka and listed chronologically based on the date of appointment

Name 1. Inter Ministerial Committee on Human Rights.31 ( Chairman: Minister for Disaster Management &

Mandate The Committee was expected to meet on a regular basis, especially with regard to implementing decisions relating to human rights and to

Timeframe

Outcome

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The Inter Ministerial Committee on Human Rights was set up by ‘The Permanent Standing Committee on Human Rights’. The Permanent Standing Committee on Human Rights was co- chaired by (the then) Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera and Minister of Human Rights Mahinda Samarasinghe. No information is publicly available on whether the committee continues to function. See Ministry of External Affairs: Sri Lanka, “Permanent Standing Committee on Human Rights decides on the establishment of the Inter Ministerial Committee”, May 2006, http://www.mea.gov.lk/index.php/component/content/article/210-permanent-standing-committee-onhuman-rights-decides-on-the-establishment-of-the-inter-ministerial-committee.

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Human Rights Mahinda Samarasinghe, Members: Senior officials of the Ministries of Human Rights, Foreign Affairs, Defence, Justice, Constitutional Affairs, the Attorney General's Department, the Armed Forces, the Police Department and the Secretariat for Coordinating the Peace Process (SCOPP). 2. Monitoring Committee on Abductions and Disappearance.

continuously monitor and oversee matters relating to human rights.32

Appointed on: 25 May 2006.33

“No public mention of the committee since the initial announcement. It is unclear whether it continues to function”.34

To supervise the progress of the special center for gathering information on abductions that allegedly took place in Colombo

No information is publicly available on whether the committee continues to function.

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Ministry of External Affairs: Sri Lanka, “Permanent Standing Committee on Human Rights decides on the establishment of the Inter Ministerial Committee”, May 2006, http://www.mea.gov.lk/index.php/component/content/article/210-permanent-standing-committee-on-human-rights-decides-on-the-establishment-of-the-interministerial-committee.
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Ministry of External Affairs: Sri Lanka, “Permanent Standing Committee on Human Rights decides on the establishment of the Inter Ministerial Committee”, May 2006, http://www.mea.gov.lk/index.php/component/content/article/210-permanent-standing-committee-on-human-rights-decides-on-the-establishment-of-the-interministerial-committee.
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Lanka: State of Human Rights 2008, Law and Society Trust. page 11.

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(Members: Minister Dullas Alahaperuma, Minister Rajitha Senaratne, Deputy Minister P. Radhakrishnan, Deputy Minister K. Baiz, The (then) opposition leader of the Colombo Municipal Council- Vasudeva Nanayakkara). 3. Special committee to inquire into abductions and recruitment of children for use in armed conflict.

and Suburbs.35

Appointed on: 28 June 2007.36

( Chairman: The Secretary, Ministry of Justice and Law

To take any measure it may deem necessary to initiate inquiries on, and monitor the investigations into, allegations made against some elements of the security forces in connection with the recruitment and abduction of children by the

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Ministry of Defence: Sri Lanka, “Media is Commended for highlighting HR violations; government sets up a special center to avert abductions”, 30 December 2010, http://www.defence.lk/new.asp?fname=20070628_01.
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Human Rights Watch, “Recurring nightmare State Responsibility for “Disappearances” and Abductions in Sri Lanka”, March 2008, http://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/reports/srilanka0308web.pdf , page 114; Ministry of Defence: Sri Lanka, “Media is Commended for highlighting HR violations; government sets up a special center to avert abductions”, 30 December 2010, http://www.defence.lk/new.asp?fname=20070628_01

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Reforms, Members: The Secretary, Ministry of Child Development and Women’s Empowerment, The Secretary, Ministry of Disaster Management and Human Rights, Representatives from the Attorney-General’s Department, Chairman of the National Child Protection Authority, Director/Legal of the Secretariat for Coordinating the Peace Process (SCOPP), Representative of the Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Representatives of the three
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Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) break-away Karuna faction; To recommend measures for the protection of complainants and witnesses from reprisals at all stages of an investigation and thereafter; To monitor and recommend steps to assure that released children have access to facilities and procedures aimed at their protection, rehabilitation and reintegration in accordance with Sri Lankan written law and, in doing so, pay special attention to the needs of female children.37

Appointed on: 27 August 2007.38

Several UN documents suggest that the committee continues to function.39

State Party report on the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict: Sri Lanka, 16 June 2008, http://daccess-ddsny.un.org/doc/UNDOC/GEN/G10/407/08/PDF/G1040708.pdf?OpenElement, para 91.
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Daily News online, “Committee to inquire into allegations of abduction, child recruitment”, 8 October 2007, http://www.dailynews.lk/2007/10/08/news29.asp.

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Several UN documents call on the Sri Lankan Government to “complete the investigation undertaken by the inter-ministerial committee on the complicity between the security forces and TMVP/Karuna in the abduction and recruitment of children” See Report of the Secretary-General on children and armed conflict in Sri Lanka , 21st December 2011, http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/Full_Report_3290.pdf , para 48 (b)

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Armed Services and the Police (to be nominated by the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, Public Security and Law and Order) 4. The Committee appointed to study and report on the US Department of State 'Report to Congress on Incidents During the Recent Conflict in Sri Lanka (2009)’. Chairman: D.S. Wijesinghe PC. Secretary: S.M. Samarakoon Members: Nihal Jayamannne PC, C.R. De Silva PC, Mano Ramanathan, Jezima Ismail The Committee was to inquire into: The description and background of persons who have been directly referred to in the US Report and the nature of their allegation; The circumstances that may have led to or resulted in references being made in the said Report to the said persons; The nature, propriety and efficacy of the contents of the Report; There are conflicting reports on

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Anura Meddegoda.

The appropriate measures that should be taken in accordance with the laws of Sri Lanka with regard to the contents and findings in the Report, inclusive of recommendations with regard to the specific allegations.40

Appointed on: 6 November 2009.41

whether the committee submitted its final report. Some sources seem to suggest that the committee was in the process of submitting a final report.42 Other sources such as the US Department of State suggest that a report was never submitted and that the committee’s mandate was subsumed into the LLRC.43

5. Inter-Agency Advisory Committee (IAAC) to facilitate the implementation of the interim recommendations of

To implement the interim recommendations of the LLRC through practical measures and to strengthen the related

Appointed on: 27 October 2010. Progress Report

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Daily Mirror online, ‘Committee to submit report on US report in July’, 12 May 2010, http://www.globalpeacesupport.com/globalpeacesupport.com/post/2010/05/12/Committee-to-submit-report-on-US-report-in-July.aspx.
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Colombo page, ‘President appoints a committee to study the US report to Congress on Sri Lanka’, 6 November 2009, http://www.colombopage.com/archive_091/Nov1257521366CH.html.
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Daily Mirror online, ‘Committee to submit report on US report in July’, 12 May 2010, http://www.globalpeacesupport.com/globalpeacesupport.com/post/2010/05/12/Committee-to-submit-report-on-US-report-in-July.aspx.
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U.S Department of State, ‘Report To Congress on Measures Taken by the Government of Sri Lanka and International Bodies To Investigate Incidents During the Recent Conflict in Sri Lanka, and Evaluating the Effectiveness of Such Efforts’, 11 August 2010, http://www.state.gov/j/gcj/srilanka/releases/145884.htm.

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the Lessons learnt and reconciliation commission LLRC. (Chairmen: The Attorney General. Members: Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, Secretary to the Ministry of Public administration and home affairs, Secretary to the Ministry of Justice, Secretary to the Ministry of Economic Development, Secretary to the Ministry of Rehabilitation and Prison

processes that were already underway.44

submitted to the President on: February 2011.45

The LLRC in its final report stated that it “regrets that full effect has not yet been given to its Interim Recommendations”.46

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Inter-Agency Advisory Committee, “Progress report on the implementation of the interim recommendations of the LLRC”, http://www.srilankabotschaft.de/Images_and_Basics/pdfs/Circular_49.pdf , page 1.
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Asian Tribune, “Progress Made by Inter-Agency Committee (IAC) in Implementing the Recommendations of the LLRC”, 4 February 2011, http://www.asiantribune.com/news/2011/02/03/progress-made-inter-agency-committee-iac-implementing-recommendations-llrc.
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See LLRC Report, paras 9.211, 9.64, 5.58, 5.78, 8.189, 8.190, 9.70, 9.74.

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Reforms. Secretary to the Ministry of External Affairs).

6. One-man committee to probe the violent incident in the Katunayake Free Trade zone. (Retired High Court Judge Mahanama Tilakaratne)

To inquire into the conduct of the Police officials during this incident and make recommendations against authority, if there were any who overacted beyond the legal margins.47 To focus special attention on the persons who faced inconvenience due to this clash.48 To look into how the protest was conducted by the employees.49

Appointed on: 30 May 2011. Report submitted to the President on: 5 August 2011.50

Final report has been submitted to

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Colombo page, “Sri Lanka President appoints a committee to probe violence in Free Trade Zone”, 31 May 2011, http://www.colombopage.com/archive_11A/May31_1306851570KA.php .
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Prarthana Weerasinghe, “Presidential Committee to probe FTZ clash”, The Daily News, 1 June 2011, http://www.dailynews.lk/2011/06/01/news11.asp . Prarthana Weerasinghe, “Presidential Committee to probe FTZ clash”, The Daily News, 1 June 2011, http://www.dailynews.lk/2011/06/01/news11.asp.

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The official Government news portal of Sri Lanka, “FTZ Incident Report handed over to President”, 7 August 2011,http://news.lk/v2/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=18640:ftz-incident-report-handed-over-to-presidnt&catid=62:latest-news&Itemid=371.

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the President but its findings have not yet been made public. 51 7. Special committee to investigate the issues in connection with the district ranks and results of the G.C.E. Advanced Level exam 2011. (Chairman:: Secretary of the Ministry of Technology and Research Ms. Dhara Wijetilalke. Members: The Vice Chancellor of the University of Colombo, Professor Shanika Hirimburegama, To probe into issues related to releasing the GCE Advanced Level examination (2011) results. To forward suggestions and recommendations to the Education and Higher Education Ministries to prevent a repetition of similar issues. To scrutinise the 1968 Examinations Act and forward suggestions aiming to make required amendments to the Act to meet present-day

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Yohan Perera, “Reveal Finding of Commissions”, The Daily mirror, 21 June 2011, http://www.dailymirror.lk/news/12034-reveal-findings-of-commissions.html.

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Vice Chancellor of the University of Moratuwa, Professor Ananda Jayawardene, Vice Chancellor of the University of Uva, Professor Ranjith Premalal De Silva, The Principal of Royal College, Colombo, Upali Gunasekara).

requirements in the education sector.52

Appointed on: 31 December 2011.53 Report submitted to the President on: 11 January 2012.54

Final report has been submitted to the President but its findings have not yet been made public. 55

7. Cabinet Sub-Committee to monitor the implementation of the proposals in the National Human Rights Action Plan. (Minister of Irrigation and
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To monitor the process of speedy implementation of the proposals in the National Human Rights Action Plan.

Appointed on: 10 February 2012.56

The official website of the Government of Sri Lanka, “Committee to probe A/L results issue”, 30 December 2011, http://www.priu.gov.lk/news_update/Current_Affairs/ca201112/20111230committee_probe_al_results_issue.htm.
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Lankapuvath, “President appoints special committee To probe GCE (AL) results tangle”, 31 December 2011, http://www.lankapuvath.lk/index.php/home/behind-thecurtain/behind-the-curtain-2/20953-president-appoints-special-committee-to-probe-gce-al-results-tangle.
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Times online, “A'L probe committee hands over report”, 31 December 2011, http://sundaytimes.lk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=14643:al-probecommittee-hands-over-report&catid=1:latest-news&Itemid=547.
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Uditha Kumarasinghe, “No change in A/L results - Minister Bandula Gunawardane”, The Sunday Observer, 22 January 2012, http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2012/01/22/fea01.asp ; Daily Mirror online, “A/L results fiasco, President to take appropriate action”, 16 January 2012, http://www.dailymirror.lk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=16118&Itemid=425.
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Colombo page, ‘Sri Lanka appoints cabinet sub-committee to monitor implementation of Human Rights Action Plan proposals’, 10 February 2012, http://www.colombopage.com/archive_12/Feb10_1328898368CH.php.

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Water Resources Management Nimal Siripala de Silva, Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa, Minister of External Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris, Minister of Plantation Industries Mahinda Samarasinghe, Minister of Environment Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, Minister of Foreign Employment and Welfare Promotion Dilan Perera).

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