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LLRC report ready but ‘will not be published’

Sri Lanka’s controversial reconciliation commission has completed its report and will present it to President Mahinda Rajapakse in the second week of November.

The Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission was set up by the President and was supposed to look into the conflict with the Tamil Tigers, but it has been slammed by human rights organisations and foreign officials as a farce.

The spokesman for the LLRC, Lakshman Wickramasinghe told reporters, that it is not in the commission’s hand to make it public.

"Our mandate limits us to handing it over to the President. Making it public or otherwise will be entirely in the President's hands," Wickremasinghe said.

Amnesty International has dismissed the inquiry as ‘flawed at every level’.

A group of eminent persons formed by Nelson Mandela has also criticised the commission.

The Elders Group member and former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari told the BBC that the Elders were sceptical about the LLRC's work "looking at previous examples of special commissions in Sri Lanka.

"Over the last 30 years the reports of other commissions similar to this have not even been made public. So this effort leaves much to be desired," said Mr Ahtisaari.

See our previous reports:

Britain’s Labour Party backs international inquiry into Sri Lanka (02 Oct 2011)

'US comments on LLRC help Sri Lanka thwart international action' (13 Sep 2011)

Amnesty on Sri Lanka's LLRC (07 Sep 2011)