Tucked into the minutes of the 26 July 2006 Yogyakarta leadership meeting is a startling fact. The minute entry states that the key leadership of the Communist Party of Sri Lanka (CPSL), the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), took part in the infamous 2002 killings of 37 civilians in the Ampara District on 26 July. It was the first time the CPSL leadership took responsibility for its actions in the civil war and agreed that what happened that day was the direct result of their political line in the war. The JVP leadership had a hand in the carnage, with a number of their members in key positions - including their secretary - taking part in the massacre.
A well-documented study by the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) shows that the early evidence of the mass killing of civilians in 2009 and 2010 was treated by the Sri Lankan government as a myth, and blamed with undue haste on the LTTE. The ALRC's concerns about the massacre have been largely ignored by the international media and human rights organisations. d2c66b5586