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Sri Lanka Civil War

Sri Lanka's Uneasy Peace

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 05.18.2016 | World
Taylor Dibbert

Sri Lanka's civil war ended on May 18, 2009 -- seven years ago. The country's government forces defeated the Tamil Tigers, a group that had been fight...

Explaining Transitional Justice in Sri Lanka

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 02.09.2016 | 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.

Complex Legacies of War, Abuse, and Immigration: Nayomi Munaweera's Island of a Thousand Mirrors and What Lies Between Us

Sezin Koehler | Posted 02.09.2016 | Books
Sezin Koehler

From 1983 to 2006 the tropical island paradise of Sri Lanka was enmeshed in one of the bloodiest civil wars of modern years, but one whose events flew...

Speaking Frankly About Sri Lanka's President and Wartime Abuses

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 01.08.2016 | World
Taylor Dibbert

Years from now, how will the election of Sirisena be remembered? And what about healing those wounds of war and finding a lasting political solution to an ethnic conflict that has burned for seven decades?

A Few Thoughts on Sri Lanka's New Court

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 12.03.2015 | World
Taylor Dibbert

Sri Lanka has recently announced that it will create a new court to examine abuses which allegedly transpired during the country's civil war. For starters, what does the creation of this special court mean?

5 Things We Didn't Expect When Adopting Internationally

Colleen Berge | Posted 11.24.2015 | Parents
Colleen Berge

Aside from the long-awaited referral call, for many families that choose to adopt internationally, the journey to another country to meet and legally adopt their new addition is one of the most exciting parts of the entire adoption journey.

Clarifying Sri Lanka's Transitional Justice Commitments

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 11.14.2015 | World
Taylor Dibbert

With the recent passage of yet another UN Human Rights Council resolution on Sri Lanka -- dealing broadly with human rights, accountability and reconciliation -- now is an opportune time to clarify and explain how Sri Lanka's new government has said it will approach transitional justice.

Book Review: This Divided Island

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 05.19.2015 | Books
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..

Book Review: In My Mother's House

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 04.19.2015 | Books
Taylor Dibbert

Given that Muslims have frequently been left out of discussions and reflections upon a war that pitted the (mostly ethnic Sinhalese) military against the (almost exclusively Tamil) LTTE, her devotion to Muslim issues and perspectives in general and displacement in particular is refreshing.

Shock and Joy in Sri Lanka

Erik Solheim | Posted 03.31.2015 | World
Erik Solheim

To become a true role model, the reincarnated Sri Lankan democracy must in the next years deliver political reform, inclusive development and devolved power to minorities.

What's Next for Sri Lanka's Mahinda Rajapaksa?

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 03.31.2015 | World
Taylor Dibbert

Corruption and coup allegations coupled with the fact that Rajapaksa no longer heads the Sri Lanka Freedom Party makes a comeback very difficult, but ruling it out completely seems premature.

A Chance for Justice in Sri Lanka?

Mark S. Ellis | Posted 03.31.2015 | World
Mark S. Ellis

Sri Lanka must deal with the deep and languishing divisions created by past human right abuses. A policy of impunity does the opposite and would be a grave mistake. Impunity is pernicious and suggests that atrocities can be condoned. They cannot.

The Real Enemy Is Fundamentalism and It Doesn't Belong Exclusively to Islam

Nayomi Munaweera | Posted 03.17.2015 | World
Nayomi Munaweera

Ultimately, whether Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, Christianity, or any other ism, the world-wide push towards fundamentalism is also heartbreaking in that it forces those of us sustained by some sort of faith to have to say, what should be obvious, these acts of violence do not speak for us.

Taliban at the Airport: After Karachi Attack, Mobilizing Pakistan with a Lesson from Sri Lanka

Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 08.10.2014 | World
Akbar Shahid Ahmed

SriLankan Airlines Flight UL 183 was cancelled Sunday. On June 9, the destination that SriLankan's passengers wanted to reach was recovering from a siege by the Pakistani Taliban.

#TimeToAct on Sri Lanka: Why Has the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict Forgotten the Sri Lankan Survivors?

Bianca Jagger | Posted 08.10.2014 | Impact
Bianca Jagger

I cannot fathom why the UK government is not denouncing the Sri Lankan government's atrocities. Why are they not demanding that the perpetrators be brought to justice? Why are they deporting survivors of torture and rape back to Sri Lanka, and endangering their lives?

Understanding India's UN Abstention on Sri Lanka

Ronak D. Desai | Posted 06.01.2014 | World
Ronak D. Desai

In a move that appeared to surprise both Washington and Colombo, however, New Delhi abstained from voting on the UN resolution. What explains New Delhi's decision?

Shared Buddhist-Hindu Goddess Offers Hope For Interfaith Future

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 03.24.2014 | Religion

Hindus and Buddhists in Sri Lanka may have been divided through political strife over the years, but they have one important thing in common. Her name...

Tensions Rise Between the United States and Sri Lanka Over Human Rights

Ronak D. Desai | Posted 04.28.2014 | Politics
Ronak D. Desai

Allowing these war crimes allegations to go unaddressed would undermine important international legal norms while rendering true reconciliation in the country an even more remote prospect.

A Good Neighbor

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 11.23.2013 | World
Siddharth Chatterjee

While foreign-born "natives" imagine India with grand religious tradition or Bollywood songs, to people in places like Sri Lanka, India is a neighborhood bully -- an interfering sibling at best and a manipulative oppressor at worst.

The Other Two-State Solution: After 56 Years, Sri Lanka

Connor Ryan | Posted 10.08.2013 | World
Connor Ryan

Sri Lanka serves as a powerful example of what can come when two peoples share the same territory and yet possess different religions, cultures, and languages.

The real MIA in Sri Lanka: Basic Human Rights

Jack Healey | Posted 04.21.2013 | World
Jack Healey

It always starts with James Franco, doesn't it? "Pineapple Express," a Franco and Seth Rogen vehicle that came out in 2008, used "Paper Planes" in a r...

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.

UN Failed To Protect Sri Lankan Civilians, Report Says

Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 11.13.2012 | World

For more than 25 years, Sri Lanka was embroiled in a bloody civil war that claimed tens of thousands of lives. By the time the conflict ended in 2009,...

Storied Nature Of Human Nature

William Grassie | Posted 05.15.2012 | Religion
William Grassie

By my rough estimation, we spend perhaps 50 percent or more of our waking hours in storytelling. Humans make stories but, in some sense, we are also made by our stories.

Protecting Human Rights in Sri Lanka

Karunyan Arulanantham | Posted 09.19.2011 | World
Karunyan Arulanantham

The U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue must include a strategy for protecting human rights and fundamental democratic principles in Sri Lanka.