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Can International Intervention Assist Domestic Reconciliation?

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 6:19 PM

The adoption of the third U.S.-sponsored resolution by the United Nations Human Rights Council, in as many years, on Sri Lanka will now result in an international investigation being carried out in to the conduct of the civil war in the country.

As was expected the Sri...

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Sri Lankan Government Faces Uphill Battle

(1) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 7:34 PM

Pressure on the Sri Lankan government continues to mount as they appear not to be pursuing any genuine plan of reconciliation.

With neither President Mahinda Rajapaksa's regime nor the Tamil political parties being able to agree on any productive steps that can be taken to ensure reconciliation, the government...

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Sri Lanka Must Tackle Resolution Head On

(9) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 3:20 PM

Sri Lanka faces its third resolution in as many years at the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) next month. As was the case with the previous two resolutions, the Sri Lankan government has decided to go on the defensive rather than addressing the allegations before them. In fact countries...

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30 Years Later, Sri Lanka at a Political Crossroads

(11) Comments | Posted July 24, 2013 | 4:50 PM

Thirty years on since Sri Lanka's infamous Black July riots, the country has reached a political crossroads. In those three decades ethnic violence has engulfed the country, leaving its society divided. With the war having ended in 2009, the country and its leaders have the opportunity to pursue the path...

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Sri Lanka: Forgetting to Remember

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2013 | 11:41 AM

In the light of triumph the mistakes of the past are often thrown in to the shadows to be forgotten. For Sri Lanka this bodes true, as the government continues to bathe in the "glory" of its defeat of the LTTE back in 2009.

Four years have passed since...

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Can Racism Be Defeated?

(2) Comments | Posted April 22, 2013 | 3:38 PM

Racism and racial tension continues to prevail around the world. The notion that globalization has quelled these issues is inaccurate, in fact it is becoming clearer that as societies grow closer, racism becomes more prevalent.

Racism, for many, was the result of the misinformed and unsubstantiated theories of racial...

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War Tourism: A Moral Dilemma

(3) Comments | Posted April 1, 2013 | 12:44 PM

Societies around the world have been attracted to war and its aftermath, through the ages this fascination has grown as people strive to see what humanity is capable of. Now it has become a common practice for countries to portray their history of conflicts through an avenue known as "war...

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Is the U.S. Resolution on Sri Lanka Justified?

(13) Comments | Posted February 28, 2013 | 6:51 PM

Sri Lanka faces its second United States sponsored resolution in as many years at the ongoing United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.

The Sri Lankan government has declared that it will not accept the new resolution, describing it as country specific and unsupportive of...

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Sri Lanka Media Freedom Faces Downward Spiral

(3) Comments | Posted February 19, 2013 | 10:46 AM

Media freedom in Sri Lanka took a severe blow over the weekend as two separate incidences involving the abuse of journalists took place.

On Friday night (the 15th) Faraz Shaukatally was shot by three unidentified gunmen in his own bedroom. Shaukatally, who is an investigative journalist for the...

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Remnants of Sri Lanka's Civil War

(11) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 4:18 PM

The north of Sri Lanka has been an area of isolation for over 26 years due to a bloody civil war that raged on between the government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE) separatist movement. Nearly four years ago, in 2009, the war came to an end with...

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Social Media and Its War on Censorship

(0) Comments | Posted December 6, 2012 | 8:05 AM

Five Asian nations (Sri Lanka, Burma, Vietnam, China and North Korea) are currently ranked in the bottom twenty of the World Press Freedom Index released by Reporters Without Borders.

Local media organizations in these countries are either owned by the state, have links to prominent political figures...

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Religious Intolerance on the Rise in Asia

(15) Comments | Posted November 16, 2012 | 2:29 PM

Religious intolerance in Asia is on the rise with more and more states falling foul of such acts. From Muslim extremism in Pakistan to Buddhist dominance in Sri Lanka, minority religions are finding themselves targeted.

Wars and political instability have all contributed to this growing trend and with it...

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Misperceptions of the U.S. Election

(4) Comments | Posted November 6, 2012 | 3:10 PM

This blog is part of the Elections 2012 Visiting Journalists Program of the International Center For Journalists. Visit ICJ's website for live updates by the participating journalists.

The United States' presidential election is viewed as one of the most important elections in the Democratic world. Yet...

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