OPA praises LLRC proposals
The Organisation of Professional Associations of Sri Lanka (OPA)
finds many good recommendations in the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation
Commission (LLRC) that would promote good governance and reconciliation.
The LLRC had time to examine and deliberate on the issues and we
could accept them as proposals that would address many of the issues
highlighted. The LLRC recommendations can be divided into two groups,
those that can be implemented without delay and those that would require
The OPA considers the government should make a determined effort to
give effect to the LLRC recommendations.
It has identified several issues examined by the LLRC and says the
government should give priority to the following recommendations in
implementing the LLRC proposals.
1. Judicial Review of Legislations
2. Enact Constitutional measures to strengthen and ensure the
Independence of the Judicary
3. Establish Independent Commissions particularly the Public Service
Commission, Police Commission, Elections Commission Judicial Service
Commission, Human Rights Commission and the Commission to Investigate
Allegations of Bribery and Corruption.
4. Fast track the Implementation of the Constitutional Provisions on
5. Ensure Citizens' right to information and enact a Right to
6. Provision of information regarding those in custody to their
7. Disarm all illegal armed groups and
8. Provision of legal ownership of land to those re-settled on land
The OPA says the implementation of the above recommendations will go
a long way to counter the adverse publicity carried out abroad.
The OPA is committed to provide any assistance required in the
implementation of the recommendations.