The civil war in Sri Lanka ended in May 2009, leading the government to formally recognise itself as the first modern democracy to eradicate terrorism on its own soil. Since then there has been enormous international pressure for an investigation into the huge loss of civilian lives and the disconcerting number of 'disappeared' persons during the final stage of the war.

In order to deflect some of this attention, President Rajapaksa commissioned a report entitled 'The Lessons...
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