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Sri Lanka counts high cost of war and peace
Sri Lanka counts high cost of war and peace
Sri Lanka counts high cost of war and peace

In August this year, Jagath Jayasuriya, Sri Lanka’s ambassador to Brazil, left the country abruptly after encountering an unexpected legal challenge: a suit accusing him of war crimes. Mr Jayasuriya was one of the army commanders who in 2009 led a crushing victory against Tamil separatists in Sri Lanka’s north — ending one of Asia’s longest-running…

Financial Times - Nov 07 14:17 GMT - more ... [ Tags: Peace, Politics, History ]

US officials insist sustainable peace must include peace dividend
US officials insist sustainable peace must include peace dividend

Visiting State Department officials insisted that accountability and reconciliation in Sri Lanka continues to be a key focus for the US Government, but defended their apparent focus on economic growth and investment on a two-day visit to the island, saying peace would not be sustainable in the country without a peace dividend. Concerns have mounted about the…

FT - Jul 16 13:34 GMT - more ... [ Tags: Peace, HumanRights, USA ]

Gary Anandasangaree
  • A New Land — Reshaping Sri Lanka’s Destiny

    On March 15, a momentous day for Sri Lanka’s future passed by in silence. The twenty-member Public Representations Committee (“ PRC“) on Constitutional Reforms accepted its last public submission to feed into a new national Constitution. The PRC sought inputs from all across Sri Lankan society, in an island-wide exercise that included public sittings, oral…

    Huffington Post - Mar 24 10:26 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Peace, Politics, History ]

  • Explaining Transitional Justice in Sri Lanka

    Explaining Transitional Justice in Sri Lanka

    On January 29, I had the pleasure of attending a transitional justice workshop in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. The event was organized by the National Peace Council (NPC), a Colombo-based organization. Jehan Perera, executive director of the NPC, participated. The workshop was led by Patrick Burgess, an Indonesia-based lawyer with deep knowledge of human rights and…

    The Diplomat - Feb 06 15:19 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Peace, HumanRights, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lankan minorities want an inclusive constitution

    Sri Lankan minorities want an inclusive constitution

    Religious and ethnic minorities in Sri Lanka want President Maithripala Sirisena to safeguard their rights and cultural identity in the proposed new constitution "We (Tamil people) experience freedom but need more space to claim our identity as Sri Lankans," Father A.J. Yavis, former director of Caritas Jaffna told ucanews.com. One year after coming to the power…

    Ucanews.com - Feb 02 22:24 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Peace, Politics, History ]

  • Sri Lanka constitution: What’s in it for the Tamils?

    Sri Lanka constitution: What’s in it for the Tamils?

    SRI LANKA’S new government, which is taking steps to draw up a new constitution, is likely to cheat Tamils out of a political system that reflects their aspirations. Restrictions imposed by the government on the constitution-making process even before it has begun signal that Tamils will remain under-privileged citizens unless they mount a concerted challenge to the…

    Asian Correspondent - Jan 28 20:05 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Peace, HumanRights, WarCrimes ]

  • Key to Lanka’s success

    It is not easy for societies riven by internal disagreements or mistrust to draft a democratic constitution, especially to replace the existing one. And that too after a deadly ethnic war, the trauma of which still remains fresh in peoples’ memory. As Sri Lanka, despite its continuing sociopolitical polarization, embark on a constitution re-writing journey shortly,…

    Arab News - Jan 25 13:39 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Peace, Politics, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka turns to social media for help with new constitution

    Sri Lanka turns to social media for help with new constitution

    Sri Lanka's prime minister Sunday announced officials would use social media to seek public opinion on a proposed new constitution aimed at preventing a return to ethnic war. Ranil Wickremesinghe said Sri Lanka will use social media to help draft a new statute to devolve more powers to minority Tamils and ensure unity after decades of war. "Sri Lanka could be…

    AFP - Jan 18 14:40 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Peace, Politics ]

  • David Cameron takes some credit for reforms in Sri Lanka

    David Cameron takes some credit for reforms in Sri Lanka

    Britain says its Prime Minister David Cameron could take some credit for the re-establishment of good governance and the rule of law in Sri Lanka. The visiting British Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hugo Swire said in Colombo on Saturday, that Cameron, who had invested emotionally and intellectually in Sri Lanka, could take some of the credit for the positive…

    Asia One - Jan 18 14:20 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Peace, UK, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka’s Circuitous Road to Reform

    Sri Lanka’s Circuitous Road to Reform

    Sri Lanka has seen significant political drama over the past 12 months. Mahinda Rajapaksa, the previous president who ruled for a decade was unexpectedly defeated during last January’s presidential election. Voters reiterated their desire for change during August parliamentary polls, though Rajapaksa still won a seat in parliament. Current President Maithripala…

    The Diplomat - Jan 15 21:35 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Peace, HumanRights, WarCrimes ]

  • Constituting a continent of trust

    Constituting a continent of trust

    By building trust between communities over the last year, Sri Lanka has shown itself to be large, larger than many a large country. As it moves into Constitution-making, all that makes for the federal spirit within a unitary system needs to be strengthened. On the first anniversary of Sri Lanka’s government of national unity, we must recognise that the idea of a…

    The Hindu - Jan 12 15:30 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Peace, Politics, History ]

  • Can a new constitution heal Sri Lanka's wounds?

    Can a new constitution heal Sri Lanka\'s wounds?

    President Maithripala Sirisena has pledged to introduce sweeping constitutional reforms aimed at preventing his country from returning to ethnic war. He told parliament he wants a new statute to guarantee the country will not see a repeat of the civil war that ended in 2009. That conflict came to an end after 25 years of fighting between the government and the…

    Al Jazeera - Jan 11 16:50 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Peace, Politics, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka government proposes new constitution to devolve power

    Sri Lanka government proposes new constitution to devolve power

    Sri Lanka's new government on Saturday presented its plan for a new constitution aimed at devolving power and preventing the sort of ethnic tensions that led to a long and bitter civil war that ended in 2009. The move comes as reformist President Maithripala Sirisena's administration takes some steps to promote post-conflict reconciliation and address alleged war…

    Reuters - Jan 11 16:48 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Peace, History, WarCrimes ]

  • Norway seeks to renew political contact with Sri Lanka

    Norway seeks to renew political contact with Sri Lanka

    Norway's foreign minister will visit Sri Lanka this week in a bid to re-establish political contact, his office said Tuesday, almost 10 years after Oslo failed in a bid to mediate in the island's civil war. Borge Brende's visit, which begins Thursday, will be the first by a Norwegian minister to Sri Lanka since 2006, the foreign ministry said in a statement. …

    AFP - Jan 07 00:24 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Peace, Norway, World ]

    Related:
      - Foreign minister heads back to Sri Lanka - Views and News from Norway
  • Solidarity Actions and Struggles for Justice in Sri Lanka

    Solidarity Actions and Struggles for Justice in Sri Lanka

    On 28th December 2015, the Nuwara Eliya High Court delivered a historic judgment: two men were each sentenced to 23 years rigorous imprisonment and ordered to pay Rs. 200,000 in compensation after being convicted for the abduction and rape of Rita, a 17 year old Tamil girl from Talawakele in the hill country, on 12th August 2001. It was a happy moment for Rita and…

    Groundviews - Jan 01 18:09 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Peace, HumanRights, WarCrimes ]

  • Reconsidering Colombo and Sri Lanka's Political Rollercoaster

    Reconsidering Colombo and Sri Lanka\'s Political Rollercoaster

    I recently read an interesting piece about Colombo. After having read the article, I felt like searching for flights online to purchase a plane ticket with money that I don’t have. Then you realize what an unrealistic idea it is, spending a week in Colombo right now, at least with my own money anyway. So, instead of going to the American Airlines webpage to…

    Groundviews - Dec 23 04:32 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Peace, Politics, HumanRights ]

  • Sri Lanka by train: The formerly war-torn north is rebuilding

    Sri Lanka by train: The formerly war-torn north is rebuilding

    Long before dawn, outside Colombo's Fort railway station, a man flattens samosa skins with the heel of his hand under a naked light bulb. The row of shops and stalls overflows with snacks, water, and Sri Lankan pop music – fuel for a new day of slow travel across an island with growing boundaries. On Platform 3, a newspaper seller bounds across the tracks to reach…

    The Independent - Nov 16 16:47 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Peace, Politics, Tourism ]

  • To End a Civil War: Norway's Peace Engagement with Sri Lanka

    To End a Civil War: Norway\'s Peace Engagement with Sri Lanka

    Beginning with a ceasefire agreement in early 2002, for almost five years a series of peace talks between the two sides, facilitated by Norway, took place in locations ranging from Thailand and Japan to Norway, Germany and Switzerland. To End a Civil War tells the story of trying to bring peace to Sri Lanka. In particular it tells the story of how a faraway European…

    SOAS South Asia Institute - Oct 28 13:27 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Peace, Norway, SriLanka ]

  • ‘Tamils in Norway should take hint from question posed by former peace monitor’

    ‘Tamils in Norway should take hint from question posed by former peace monitor’

    The judicial model being advocated by the Sri Lankan State following the UNHRC Resolution in Geneva is set to cause headache for Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs as soon as Colombo summons the former Norwegian peace envoys as witnesses in what is being interpreted largely as a domestic mechanism with international ‘assistance’, writes Christian Ranheim, a…

    TamilNet - Oct 23 12:50 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Peace, Norway, History ]

  • Tainted Peace: Torture in Sri Lanka since May 2009, Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture, UK

    Of the two terms which form the title of this August 2015 publication, the word “taint” etymologically comes from “to dye”. Among its current meanings one is, “a corrupt condition or infection”. The other term in the noun phrase (“Peace”) can be divided into two broad categories, negative and positive. Negative peace is merely the absence of overt war…

    SAAG - Sep 08 10:50 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Peace, HumanRights, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka's Sirisena promises new era of clean government

    Sri Lanka\'s Sirisena promises new era of clean government

    Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Tuesday promised a new era of clean government, capitalising on a strong voter mandate for a government of national unity to pursue economic and political reforms. Speaking at the first session of the new parliament elected last month, Sirisena said he would ensure that officials responsible for wrongdoing under his…

    Reuters - Sep 01 15:44 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Peace, Politics, WarCrimes ]

    Related:
      - Sri Lanka Leader Calls for Reforms to Promote Ethnic Harmony - AP
  • This crumbling island: An artist’s view of the conflict in Sri Lankad

    This crumbling island: An artist’s view of the conflict in Sri Lankad

    It is difficult to separate Sri Lankan artist and archaeologist Jagath Weerasinghe’s body of work from the island's recent conflict. After all, they’ve almost run on parallel tracks. The Sri Lanka Civil War began right around the time Weerasinghe started to find his niche as an artist in the 1980s – and played out in the background for the next three decades. …

    Scroll.in - Feb 10 16:31 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Peace, HumanRights, WarCrimes ]

  • India Needs to Urgently Engage With Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora Groups: Global Tamil Forum

    India has so far, kept powerful Diaspora groups at an arms length, preferring to deal with the main Tamil political party Tamil National Alliance for engagement with the community. In an interview with The New Indian Express, spokesperson of the London-based Global Tamil Forum, Suren Surendiran said that India should urgently open a formal dialogue with Lankan…

    Indian Express - Feb 06 15:17 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Peace, India ]

  • Public consulation on constitution reforms in SL to begin from Feb. 1

    Billed as the first in the history of constitution-making in Sri Lanka, the process of seeking views of the public district-wise on constitutional reforms will begin on February 1. On Monday, two groups of the 20-member Public Representations Committee on Constitutional Reforms, meant for obtaining views of the public on the issue, would visit Gampaha and Kandy. In…

    The Hindu - Jan 29 07:49 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Peace, Politics ]

  • Sri Lanka In 2016: New Constitution Offers Hope Of Addressing Old Grievances – Analysis

    Sri Lanka In 2016: New Constitution Offers Hope Of Addressing Old Grievances – Analysis

    The peace that was attained after a bloody war that terminated in the comprehensive defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in May 2009 has been sustained through 2015 in Sri Lanka. Not a single incident of killing was recorded in 2015, a trend evident since November 2009, barring one incident on April 11, 2014, in which a Security Forces (SFs) team that…

    Eurasia Review - Jan 28 20:00 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Peace, HumanRights, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka’s Rebirth

    Sri Lanka has been deservedly praised for the progress it has made since the end of the war against the separatist Tamil Tigers in 2009. The economy has grown at an average annual rate of 6.7%, and education and health statistics are impressive. All developing countries face myriad challenges, but this is especially the case for a country that has suffered an…

    Project Syndicate - Jan 25 13:36 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Peace, WarCrimes ]

  • Third Republican Constitution: A Phoenix Rising From The Ashes

    Third Republican Constitution: A Phoenix Rising From The Ashes

    The latest political maneuver of the United National Front for Good Governmence (UNFGG) at present is to bring before the people a new people-centric Constitution. Three committees have been appointed thus far, of which Dr. Jayampathi Wickramaratne heads the committee entrusted with the task of drafting the new Constitution. Attorney-at-Law Lal Wijeratne chairs…

    Sunday Leader - Jan 18 14:34 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Peace, Politics, History ]

  • Wigneswaran Calls For Shared Sovereignty Within A United Lanka

    The Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’ Tamil-majority Northern Province has called for a new constitution which will be based on the principle of shared sovereignty between the Sinhalese majority and the Tamil minority within a united Lanka. Giving the keynote address at a seminar on constitution making in multi-ethnic societies in Jaffna on Monday, Wigneswaran…

    Indian Express - Jan 18 14:19 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Peace, Politics ]

  • India appreciates Sri Lanka President Sirisena's approach on reconciliation: Foreign Secretary Jaishankar

    India appreciates Sri Lanka President Sirisena\'s approach on reconciliation: Foreign Secretary Jaishankar

    Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar on Wednesday called on Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and said India highly appreciates his statesman-like approach towards national reconciliation. "Not only Sri Lanka, but we in New Delhi also highly appreciate the speech made by Your Excellency in Parliament last week," Jaishankar said when he paid a courtesy call on the…

    DNA - Jan 13 15:01 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Peace, Politics, India ]

  • Sri Lanka must build on pledge for peace

    Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena must be commended for pledging to make constitutional changes to prevent the return of ethnic war that has taken a massive toll on the island nation. Sirisena wants to bring about harmony among the majority Sinhalese and minority Tamils who fought a bloody war between 1972 and 2009 that claimed more than 100,000 lives.…

    Gulf News - Jan 12 15:25 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Peace, Politics, WarCrimes ]

  • Challenges of Tamil politics in Sri Lanka

    The difference between the political universe in the Sinhalese south, and the Tamil north cum Muslim-Tamil north-east, is that the former is a sharp and acid standoff, the latter is confusion. Seven years have passed since the LTTE was wiped out but it has not been time enough for Tamils to find their feet. Thirty years of civil war cast a pall; the LTTE conjured…

    SAAG - Jan 11 16:49 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Peace, Politics, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka’s historic opportunity

    It is a moment of great hope and some fear in Sri Lanka. As it takes the first step towards drafting a new Constitution, there is renewed hope that the island nation will be able to reinvent itself as a modern state, one that brings economic prosperity and national unity. At the same time, it is also difficult to ignore the fear that yet another opportunity presented…

    The Hindu - Jan 11 16:43 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Peace, History, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka: A post-colonial tragedy in-the-making

    Sri Lanka: A post-colonial tragedy in-the-making

    The Sri Lankan civil war came to an abrupt end on a sandy beach in May 2009. The government army was unrelenting in its shelling of a three-square-kilometre strip in the island’s northeastern part, which sheltered an estimated 100,000 civilians used as human shields by the rebel group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). They eventually killed its megalomaniac…

    Macleans - Jan 04 15:01 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Peace, History, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka President seeks Muslim support for reconciliation with Tamils

    Sri Lanka President seeks Muslim support for reconciliation with Tamils

    Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena asked for the support of the minority Muslim community in his government’s efforts for reconciliation with ethnic Tamils following the three-decade civil war with the LTTE. “I trust those who follow the teachings of Prophet Muhammad in Sri Lanka can make a significant contribution to building a nation rich in tolerance,…

    PTI - Dec 25 14:48 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Peace, Politics, Muslims ]

  • Canada Supports Sri Lanka's Peace-Building Efforts

    Canada Supports Sri Lanka\'s Peace-Building Efforts

    Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation. The Canadian Government continues to support efforts to rid the country of landmines in villages ravaged by years of Sri Lankan civil war. An effort with an end in sight. The Government is providing CAD850,000 in 2015-2016 to non-governmental organization Mines…

    MAG - Dec 17 16:36 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Peace, Canada, World ]

  • Sri Lanka's icon of colonial rule rises from the rubble

    Sri Lanka\'s icon of colonial rule rises from the rubble

    As an army of labourers churns out limestone bricks, archeologist Prashantha Mandawala reflects on the ambitious task of restoring Sri Lanka's centuries-old Jaffna fort, destroyed by ethnic war. The project has so far included the dangerous task of clearing unexploded mines and shells from the seafront site and scouring the northern Jaffna peninsula for scarce…

    AFP - Nov 06 00:57 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Peace, History, WarCrimes ]

  • Across the Aisle: Paradise lost, will it be regained?

    Across the Aisle: Paradise lost, will it be regained?

    Before 1947, the phrase “neighbouring country” stood for Sri Lanka and, some distance away, Burma. Pakistan and Bangladesh are latter-day neighbours. There cannot be a better moment for our closest neighbour Sri Lanka where all the planets seem to be smiling in the right houses. Before 1947, the phrase “neighbouring country” stood for Sri Lanka and, some…

    Indian Express - Oct 24 20:45 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Peace, India, History ]

  • Sri Lankans disabled by war, forgotten in peace

    Sri Lankans disabled by war, forgotten in peace

    Sri Lanka’s decades-long civil war ended six years ago, but it’s not over for many victims who suffered permanent injuries during the conflict. Government soldiers can receive assistance packages for injuries sustained in service, including the continuation of salaries for those able to work at desk jobs, or long-term care in military-run facilities for those…

    IRIN - Sep 29 14:01 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Peace, UN, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka and its Democratic Revolution: The Constitutional Challenge of Unity and Diversity

    Sri Lanka and its Democratic Revolution: The Constitutional Challenge of Unity and Diversity

    The results of Sri Lanka’s parliamentary election on 17 August can be seen as an endorsement of recent reforms to limit the powers of the executive presidency and strengthen democratic governance. But Asanga Welikala stresses that the political difficulties ahead must not be underestimated, particularly the challenge of finding a constitutional settlement that…

    LSE - Sep 01 16:39 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Peace, Politics, WarCrimes ]

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