South Asians for Human Rights

Promoting Democracy, Upholding Human Rights

The United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) won the General Elections of 8th April 2010, by a landslide victory gaining 144 seats in the 225 member parliament1 This victory was largely due to defeating the LTTE in May 2009, a strong performance by President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the 2010 January 26th presidential elections, the promised development drive and the request by the government for a two thirds majority in parliament for the drafting of a people friendly constitution.

This report reviews the conduct of the parliament during the honeymoon period of the government/ the first 100 days and how this overwhelming majority in parliament affects the transparency, good governance and human rights of the country. It also looks at the first steps taken by the government to counter criticism that Sri Lanka has not yet conducted an effective investigation into ‘laws-of-war violations’ by government forces and the LTTE in the final months of the war, by appointing the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) which the government claimed was based on the South African Truth Commission.

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