LLRC National Action Plan

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The Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) National Action Plan (NAP) implementation website was launched on 5 July 2013. No sooner than it was launched, the first snapshot of the site was taken.

The Sunday Leader

The assassination of the Editor in Chief of the Sunday Leader on 8th January 2009 was a significant blow to independent media in Sri Lanka. More coverage of this outrageous murder here.

Lasantha’s final editorial, published posthumously was moving and powerful. His words and his assassination were a damning indictment of the inability and unwillingness of the incumbents in power to secure media freedom in Sri Lanka and the safety of journalists. 

All the contents of the newspaper online up until 11th January 2009 can be downloaded as a ZIP archive here. The ZIP file is 725Mb

Click on index.htm once uncompressed to access all the content.

Regaining Sri Lanka – Complete version and older draft version

The Regaining Sri Lanka Framework was proposed by the United National Front Government in 2003 as a means through which economic development in some key sectors could augment the nascent peace process at the time. 

As the PM at the time, Ranil Wickremesinghe noted:

Economic re-construction and development, particularly of the areas devastated by war will be a deciding factor in sustaining the momentum of political negotiations. Development is part of the healing process in a wounded, divided society. Development is underpinning peace in Sri Lanka. Peace will sustain development. The two processes of peace and development have become inextricably inter-twined and inter-related.

They form the core of our vision of ‘Regaining Sri Lanka’ which provides the foundation for the restoration of growth and development of the economy.

The link to the website no longer works and there’s no complete record of the RSL documents I could easily find on the web – unsurprisingly, not even on the SCOPP website

This archive contains ALL the sections of the Regaining Sri Lanka framework and also contains an earlier draft of the framework that wasn’t at the time made public.

Download the file from here

Large collection of 2004 Asian Tsunami documents on Sri Lanka and South Asia

This archive contains a large collection of files from the response to the 2004 Boxing Day Asian Tsunami. Files on Sri Lanka include:

  • Tsunami Evaluation Committee Synthesis Report – July 2006
  • Very large collection of photos and video from the worst hit areas in Sri Lanka
  • High resolution satellite imagery of the affected areas
  • A large collection of aid appeals, UN, Government and NGO updates and press releases that went out at the time
  • UN system sitreps (situation reports)
  • Maps of Sri Lanka
  • Several lessons identified and lessons learnt reports and studies from local and international agencies
More generally, the archive also contains:
  • Large collection of high resolution satellite imagery of Banda Aceh (tsunami affected areas)
  • Casualty figures by country
  • Videos from some of the other countries hit by the tsunami
Click here to get the file. 
Warning: This is a large file. At 483Mb, you will need a broadband connection to download this. 

Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) ~ Peoples Liberation Front websites

The JVP is a registered political party in Sri Lanka. 

Given the recent shenanigans of comrade Wimal Weerawansa, the JVP may well strike out his name and all related content from its website in the near future. This archive captures the entire contents of the JVP website as it stands, including the one essay worth reading on it – Fred Halliday’s account of the 1971 insurrection

The original JVP website can be accessed here

Click here to download the archive.

InfoShare Research Blog

A shift in work priorities for me relegated the InfoShare Research Blog to the back-burner. Posts on the blog link to content that’s still relevant today, perhaps even more so than when they were first published and includes:

  •  Links to free human rights training modules and information
  • Educational podcasts on peace, governance and human rights
  • Tips on using websites more effectively for research
  • Links and tips on important reports, articles and publications
  • Links to websites and web initiatives on reconciliation, gender and conflict transformation
  • Links to negotiation simulations on Sri Lanka and lessons identified and learnt
Download the archive of the website here