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Sri Lanka: Is Transitional Justice in Trouble?

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 09.15.2016 | World
Taylor Dibbert

The UN Human Rights Council's (HRC) 33rd session began on Tuesday and Sri Lanka is on the agenda. The UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disa...

More Worries Over Sri Lanka's Transitional Justice Process

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 09.02.2016 | World
Taylor Dibbert

According to a group of Tamil human rights activists, Sri Lanka's incipient transitional justice process is deeply flawed. Several organizations have recently delivered a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon -- who just visited the war-torn island nation.

Remembering Sri Lanka's Black July

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 07.23.2016 | World
Taylor Dibbert

Sri Lanka's civil war pitted the almost exclusively Sinhalese military against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The LTTE fought for a sepa...

Abductions and Torture in Jaffna: Can Sri Lanka Change?

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 07.11.2016 | World
Taylor Dibbert

The Guardian has run a really disturbing piece about a British man who was tortured during a recent visit to Sri Lanka. Evidently, Velauthapillai Renu...

Is Sri Lanka Serious About Demilitarization?

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 07.07.2016 | World
Taylor Dibbert

Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera is talking big yet again. This time it's about demilitarization. Speaking in Colombo on July 6, Mr. S...

The Inconvenient Truth about Sri Lanka's North and East

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 04.26.2017 | World
Taylor Dibbert

Sri Lanka remains a post-war county and the violations, especially those committed in the north and east, have not stopped since the new government came to power.

Sri Lanka's National Security Fearmongers

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 04.17.2017 | World
Taylor Dibbert

Sri Lankan police have recently uncovered ammunition, a suicide vest, and explosives in Chavakachcheri, a town in the country's north. It's widely (an...

Militarization in Sri Lanka Continues

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 02.11.2017 | World
Taylor Dibbert

During a recent visit to Sri Lanka, I (unsurprisingly) saw a lot of military personnel. Many times they were riding around in vehicles. On other occasions the interaction was a bit more personal.

Sri Lanka: Why There's Always a Next Time

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 02.10.2017 | Travel
Taylor Dibbert

Before I know it we're wheels up at Dulles International Airport and I'm looking forward to visiting the Middle East (airport style) yet again. One da...

Explaining Transitional Justice in Sri Lanka

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 02.09.2017 | World
Taylor Dibbert

On January 29, I had the pleasure of attending a transitional justice workshop in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. The event was organized by the National Peace Council (NPC), a Colombo-based organization.

Sri Lanka: Pondering the Future of the Tamil People's Council

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 01.11.2017 | World
Taylor Dibbert

The recently created Tamil People's Council could be shaking things up in Sri Lanka. It's not an official political body, although the group includes several politicians, including the Tamil National Alliance's (TNA) C.V. Wigneswaran, the Chief Minister of the Northern Provincial Council.

Beyond What the Eyes Can See

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 08.23.2016 | World
Taylor Dibbert

Upon discovering I had been chosen as a short-term observer for Sri Lanka's parliamentary election on August 17, it felt like Christmas had come early. Dallas to Doha to Colombo. And then on to Jaffna for the election!

Book Review: This Divided Island

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 05.19.2015 | Home
Taylor Dibbert

Subramanian weaves in numerous details and provides context and insight without being pedantic. This isn't a short book, but he describes the richness of the country as concisely as one could hope to..

Kannagi-Pattini - a Symbol of Resilience to the Women Left Behind

Prashanthi Jayasekara | Posted 11.17.2014 | World
Prashanthi Jayasekara

Every 90 minutes, a woman is raped in Sri Lanka, and is the fifth-worst country in the world for domestic abuse. Yet we boast of our achievements in the millennium development goals and human development indicators. This begs the question, what kind of 'development' are we talking about?

30 Years Later, Sri Lanka at a Political Crossroads

Dinouk Colombage | Posted 09.23.2013 | World
Dinouk Colombage

Sri Lanka has paid the highest price to achieve the peace it now enjoys. The inability of politicians to do what has been asked of them by the people has left the country threatening to squander the bloodied peace that was achieved.

Remnants of Sri Lanka's Civil War

Dinouk Colombage | Posted 04.07.2013 | World
Dinouk Colombage

Travelling up to the northern region of Sri Lanka earlier in the month gave me an opportunity to ascertain how far along the rebuilding has progressed. My last visit to Jaffna was back in 2011, in the past two years much had been achieved in the way of developing the infrastructure.

Sri Lankan Rebel Leader's Childhood Home

Anuradha K. Herath | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Anuradha K. Herath

A Tamil politician in Sri Lanka claimed this week that the army has destroyed the childhood home of Velupillai Prabhakaran, the leader of the separatist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

Heartbreak in Post-War Jaffna

Adele Barker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Adele Barker

The stories I hear in Jaffa are heart wrenching. They hide behind the surfeit of activity that define the surface of this town. Underneath there are stories that are not fathomable.

Asia Society's Prez on Global Citizens Like Obama

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jim Luce

Asia Society president Vishakha Desai says, "Ours is a complex institution, and those experiencing it can describe it in the same way the blind men touch and describe an elephant."

In Sri Lanka: The Basics for Americans

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

As I travel through Sri Lanka, covering the nation as it seeks reconciliation among its diverse population after decades of conflict, I am receiving e-mails from my friends at home asking me to review the basics.

In Sri Lanka: Explaining the Tamil Tigers

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

The Sri Lankan government has battled the Tamil Tigers on two fronts for almost three decades: on the battlefield and in the arena of world opinion. No one thought they could win militarily, but they did.