Terrorist rehabilitation program, a model for other countries - Prof
International Terrorism Expert Prof. Rohan Gunaratna said that the
Government’s terrorist rehabilitation program was a resounding success
today and a model for other countries.
Prof. Gunaratna who delivered a special lecture, “India under Modi: A
turning point in Indo-Lanka relations” at the Parliamentary Complex on
Wednesday said the government had rehabilitated 11,800 LTTE cadres
within four years.
No country has rehabilitated terrorists and integrated them into the
mainstream society in such a short time. “Within four years, 11,800 LTTE
cadres who were rehabilitated had returned to their homes. None of them
returned to violence.”
He said Sri Lanka had six or seven rehabilitation programs for LTTE
cadres such as education, religious, vocational, social and family,
psychological and reintegration. Sri Lanka did an excellent job in
rehabilitating those LTTE cadres and none of them went back to
Prof. Gunaratna said the Government had several important phases in
its military operations against LTTE terrorists. One was the military
phase where the LTTE was dismantled. The second was its humanitarian
phase of the resettlement of nearly 300,000 displaced persons. The other
was the demining.
The socio-economic phase was another important aspect. When the rest
of the country had seven percent economic growth, the economy of the
North grew at 22 percent. Priority should be always given for the
physical infrastructure development.
The economy of the North cannot be improved without putting physical
infrastructure in place. The Government and the private sector should
play a crucial role to link the North to the South socially,
economically, politically and psychosocially, he said.