The Continued Militarization of Sri Lanka

[Journal of Foreign Relations] Led by President Mahinda Rajapaksa, post-war Sri Lanka is a sad place. In May of 2009, the Sri Lankan government achieved a resounding military victory over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). [Full Story]

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Is This Ban’s ‘Never Again’ Moment?

[Huffington Post] We failed to prevent a massacre in Sri Lanka. We must not fail to seek justice for it. ‘Never again’ is the promise that has followed the Holocaust, Cambodia, Rwanda and Srebrenica; issued each time with outrage and contrition, and, in recent years, a report on the failure of the international community to…

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Statement by the Commonwealth Secretary-General’s Spokesperson on Sri Lanka

[The Commonwealth Secretariat] In response to queries received, the Spokesperson stated the following on 23 June 2011: The Commonwealth membership is united in its longstanding commitment to human dignity, equality, human rights, and the rule of law – to which access to justice and an independent judiciary are fundamental. Commonwealth Heads of Government have as…

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Journalists in the cross hairs of Sri Lanka war

[Los Angeles Times] Echoing a global debate over the balance between human rights and the fight against militants, some suspect that paramilitary forces or others closely associated with the government may have played a role in the attacks.Critics charge that the government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, which came to power espousing human rights and benefits…

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