5th June 2015

Beyond accountability: the struggle for co-existence in Sri Lanka

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The promised report of a UN investigation into war crimes in Sri Lanka will achieve little unless accompanied by real introspection by both Tamil and Sinhala communities. by Ahilan Kadirgamar and Mahendran Thiruvarangan Courtesy: Open Democracy ( June 3, 2015, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) Sri Lanka’s civil war ended in May 2009. For years, the lack of accountability for the grave human rights abuses committed during the last phase of the war has seemed for many actors to be the sole issue of concern. Powerful states, international human rights organizations, vocal sections of the Tamil diaspora, alongside some NGOs and courageous activists in the country, brought increasing international pressure to bear on the authoritarian Rajapaksa regime. This culminated in March 2014 when the UN Human […]

Addressing “blocked grief” in Jaffna

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Six years after the end of the war the population in the North of Sri Lanka remains passive, ensnared in wartime mentality because they haven’t been able to express and deal with their sorrow and trauma. Professors from Jaffna University talk of a young generation incapable of envisioning a better future. While they demonstrated courage and compassion beyond their years during war, they are now disillusioned, unable to cope with the ‘normal’ life of a university student because of a post-traumatic growth in their personalities and functioning. The bombing, gunshots and shelling has stopped but little by little Mahinda Rajapaksa narrowed the space for expression throughout the post-war years. This has resulted in people who have been unable to heal themselves and continue to be […]

Mahinda Rajapaksa was lack of good governance, transparency, freedom of expression and freedom

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By Niranjala Ariyawansha Governor of the Eastern Province Austin Fernando says: “We must understand that development alone will not appease people. The reason for the defeat of Mahinda Rajapaksa was the lack of good governance, transparency, freedom of expression and freedom for organizing. People give prominence  to freedom which was not here.   Excerpts: ? What is the situation of reconciliation among the people of the Eastern Province, six years after the end of war A: We have to consider several factors when we speak of reconciliation. What is our perception? Reconciliation is discussed widely by politicians in the media. They express divided thoughts and some think that reconciliation is bringing it to one dialogue. But it is not reconciliation. People lose lives, they are displaced […]

Minority Representation Through The 20A

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By Shermal Kelambi – The 20th amendment to the constitution seem to be hardly moving is at all. A major obstacle in its path is the objections of the minor parties in fear of being marginalized under a future system. The purpose of this article is to see to what extend their fears are true. The discussion will be held under a few sub topics: Sri Lankan demographics Present parliament composition Past four election results Fixing the minority issues Two ballot system Ideological minority parties Sri Lankan demographics Before talking about minority representation, let’s have a look at the Sri Lankan demographics. Sri Lanka has a 75% Sinhalese majority, 15% Tamils and 9% Muslims. Under ideal conditions if these numbers are to reflect in the […]