Reevaluating Sri Lanka’s LLRC Progress: Part One

reconciliation  An investigation carried out by a social research and advocacy group based in the North East, The Social Architects (TSA), concluded that there were significant concerns in relation to ‘continued militarisation, the concomitant culture of fear which pervades the North and East and the asymmetrical implementation of the LLRC recommendations.” The report provided extensive information about the Government of Sri Lanka’s (GoSL) progress in implementing the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) recommendations. The TSA will be releasing two companion reports reevaluating Sri Lanka’s LLRC progress.This year’s survey was only conducted in the Northern and Eastern provinces; this was done during January 2014.

The Social Architect report, ‘Reevaluating Sri Lanka’s LLRC Progress:part1’, looked into progress made in implementing recommendations from Sri Lanka’s Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), by conducting surveys that questioned 1043 people across the North-East.

Analysis of survey findings revealed that there were several concerns over the lack of progress relating to matters such as political rights, language rights, inclusive development and compensation aspects of the recommendations from the LLRC recommendations.TSA’s survey findings suggest that – while some very limited progress related to a few LLRC recommendations has been made over the past twelve months – there are still concerns about matters such as political rights, language rights, inclusive development and compensation, among other areas. The country’s continued militarization, the concomitant culture of fear which pervades the North and East, and the asymmetrical implementation of the LLRC recommendations are also concerns. TSA will delve more deeply into all of these topics in its next report.

TSA’s sample covers 8 districts, 36 Divisional Secretariat (DS) divisions, 108 Grama Niladhari (GN) divisions and 264 villages. 368 survey participants are Woman-Headed Households (WHH). TSA’s questionnaire (224 questions) has been designed to capture different types of information.

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