Muscular Sinhalese nationalism was defeated at the polls in Sri Lanka. The dismantling of the security state, started in January, can now continue. And there is hope for progress on the very necessary process of post-war accountability and reconcilliation
From Kyrgyzstan to Brazil and Sri Lanka, young feminists are trying to shift the debate over sexual and reproductive rights away from a focus on population control and the family unit, to the right of women to have bodily autonomy.
The Prevention of Domestic Violence Act has opened up an important and
new discursive ‘space of struggle’ to debate patriarchal privilege, the
sanctity of the family, and the ‘meaning’ of domestic violence in Sri Lanka
China, nearly all the states in Asia make use of the trappings of democracy,
such as elections, parliaments, and the separation of powers. A new report examines
the future of democracy in Asia in the next 15 years.
Central to the resurgence of Sinhala Buddhist
nationalism in post-war Sri Lanka is a redefinition of gender role and
identities. Familial ideology is a key pillar of
this discourse with serious adverse implications for women and gender
Five years after the end of the armed conflict between Sri
Lankan armed forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, Sri Lanka is in a
deeply precarious position. A recent UN Human Rights Council resolution calls
for an international investigation into alleged crimes.
Casualty recording has redefined efforts to protect civilians in conflict, and provide aid and accountability to victims of violence. But with an absence of political will to respond to conflict, what good are the numbers?
Why were the British delivering
a 'community policing' program during and after Sri Lanka's 2009 civil war? And
why are 'national security and counter-terrorism' the reasons for refusing
disclosure about it?
Five years on from the end of the civil war in
Sri Lanka, the international community’s patience with the government in
investigating gross violations of human rights and international humanitarian
law is exhausted.
The right not to be enslaved is one
of the two absolute human rights that cannot be violated on any ground
whatsoever. However, 65 years after its denunciation, slavery continues to
resist the corpus of human rights. Why the asymmetry ?
The Commonwealth heads of government meeting in Colombo was the occasion for renewed demands that the state account for the brutal ending of its war with the Tamil Tigers in 2009. But Sri Lanka's appalling human-rights record does not only apply to its violent past: today too civil-society organisations are under heavy authoritarian pressure.
Britain's collusion in the Sri Lankan state's violent tactics of repression is finally coming to light. But it's only one part of its long history aiding police brutality across many former colonies - and much more remains unknown.
In light of Commonwealth support for the upcoming Heads
of Government Meeting to be held in Colombo this November, here we are remindedof the dangers of Sri Lanka becoming a model for other governments in the global South to follow.
The Northern Provincial Council elections slated for September
2013 hold critical relevance for a transition from post-war Sri Lanka to a
post-conflict Sri Lanka. This is an important opportunity for the majoritarian
Sinhala state to regain international credibility.
clean water and got bullets instead. The blood- bath in Weliweriya last week is
a clear signal of what lies in store for those who may dare to publicly assert
themselves. Militarisation has left one more indelible and bloody stain
on the rapidly discolouring fabric that is Sri Lankan democracy
While the nation is all set to host the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) later this year, Sri Lankan democracy is disintegrating, with systematic torture and arbitrary detention increasingly becoming a ‘way of life’.
que las nuevas potencias globales promuevan los derechos humanos fuera de sus
países a través de las Naciones Unidas supone que jugarán con las reglas viejas
y, para que esa presión sea efectiva, que los factores de derechos humanos
condicionarán sus relaciones bilaterales; ninguno de esos supuestos es
Expecting new global powers to promote
human rights abroad via the United Nations assumes that they will play by the
old rules and - if such pressure is to be effective - that human rights factors
will condition their bilateral relationships; neither is likely. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on Emerging Powers and Human Rights. Español.
Celebrations to mark
the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war perform the function of collective forgetting.
If the country looked back at recommendations made in the past, Sri Lankans
might understand better how to go forward.
Though interreligious violence in Sri Lanka is not new, the emergence of the well-organized, well-connected Buddhist radical group reflects a broader problem today - the alarming shortage of critical and constructive
On the anniversary of the 26-year civil war, the Sri Lankan state celebrates its 2009 victory while Tamils mark the bloody nadir of the campaign to systematically dismantle the Tamil nation - one which continues today.
Strong geostrategic interests in the Indian Ocean may tacitly have condemned the Tamils of Sri Lanka to death on a massive scale in the 2009 aerial bombing of civilans, and ensuing post-war government repression. Recent social movement action in Jaffna shows a
groundswell of resistance, but will the world take notice?
With a recent internal UN report criticizing its operations in the Sri Lankan civil war, international aid groups and donors are grappling with a new way forward. But any reformed policies may be fundamentally flawed if they fail to understand shifting social roles in this 'post-conflict' state.
A long-awaited review on the conduct of United Nations agencies during the last stages of the war in Sri Lanka is still unpublished, and its terms of reference are shrouded in secrecy. There are further doubts over its authorship and process. All this raises questions over how seriously Ban Ki-moon and his colleagues take the issue, says a Sri Lankan observer who writes under the pen-name Vidura.
Given such levels of violence against girls and women, it is a wonder
that so many Indians can feel superior while talking about the Taliban assault
in neighbouring Pakistan. It will take more to defeat the Taliban, be they of the Islamic, Hindu or any
Dr Niron knows the Sri Lankan army
targeted hospitals in 2009. Every time he passed their location on to the
International Red Cross so they could share the information with the Sri Lankan
military, the site was bombed within days, if not hours.
Amongst memories of the cataclysmic violence that spread across Sri Lanka and which still marks this time of year as Black July, instances of incredible individual bravery and compassion stand out. But can the government match the honour of its people?