Sri Lanka: No Progress on Justice

[Human Rights Watch] The Sri Lankan government in the past year failed to advance justice and accountability for the victims of the country’s 26-year-long civil conflict, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2012. While Sri Lanka’s war-ravaged north and east became more open, the government deepened repression of basic freedoms throughout the […]

Sri Lanka’s Game of Diplomacy

[International Policy Digest] As promised, the Sri Lankan government made the final report of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) public last month. It has also recently released its “National Action Plan for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights: 2011-2016.” [Full Story]

Tamils see a silver lining to Sri Lanka war tourism

[Independent UK] Swelling numbers of Sri Lankans who for decades were unable to visit a large swathe of the island are behind a boom in “war tourism” that is helping stimulate the economy in the country’s north. While locals welcome the money, there are also concerns about the impact on traditional Tamil culture. [Full Story]