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Transitional Justice

Insights on Sri Lanka's Transitional Justice Process

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 01.15.2017 | World
Taylor Dibbert

Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu is the Executive Director of the Centre for Policy Alternatives, a think tank based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He recently serve...

Sri Lanka's President Reaches Out to Donald Trump

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 11.30.2016 | World
Taylor Dibbert

It appears that Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lanka's president, has reached out to America's president-elect Donald Trump. It's not clear precisely what ...

Looking at Some Important Issues in Sri Lanka

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 11.27.2016 | World
Taylor Dibbert

Gehan Gunatilleke is the Research Director at Verité Research, a think tank based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. This interview has been edited lightly. Wh...

When Peace and Justice Don't Line Up: Restorative Lessons from Colombia

Molly Bangs | Posted 11.04.2016 | World
Molly Bangs

The Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) had hopes of ending a brutal 52-year war in their proposed peace deal. ...

Sri Lanka's President Misses an Opportunity at the UN

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 09.24.2016 | World
Taylor Dibbert

Sri Lanka's Maithripala Sirisena spoke at the United Nations (UN) on Wednesday. Mr. Sirisena touched on economic development, poverty, drugs and more....

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.

Examining Sri Lanka's Current Political Situation

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 07.31.2016 | World
Taylor Dibbert

Jehan Perera is the executive director of the National Peace Council, a Colombo-based nongovernmental organization (NGO). Would you tell us a little ...

On Rights and Justice: Some Perspective from Colombo

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 07.28.2016 | World
Taylor Dibbert

Ruki Fernando is a human rights activist based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. In this interview, Mr. Fernando shares his thoughts on a range of salient issues...

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...

Examining Sri Lanka's Office of Missing Persons

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 05.26.2016 | World
Taylor Dibbert

Sri Lanka's cabinet of ministers recently gave its approval that an Office of Missing Persons be established. The OMP is one of the main pillars of Sri Lanka's transitional justice agenda. The OMP still needs to be approved by parliament, though the cabinet's decision is a development that merits attention.

More Concerns about Transitional Justice in Sri Lanka

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 05.20.2016 | World
Taylor Dibbert

Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera has recently received a letter from Tamil civil society organizations and individuals. The letter dea...

In Guatemala, Victims Commemorate the Third Anniversary of the Genocide Verdict

Jo-Marie Burt | Posted 05.19.2016 | World
Jo-Marie Burt

The revered Latin American writer Eduardo Galeano wrote these words a few months after the events he alludes to: On May 10, 2013, 30 years after the crimes were committed, former dictator General Efraín Ríos Montt was convicted of genocide and crimes against humanity against the Maya Ixil population and sentenced to 80 years is prison.

Under Trump, U.S. Human Rights Violations Could Become the Norm

Jack Healey | Posted 02.21.2017 | Impact
Jack Healey

Following Donald Trump's crushing victory in the New Hampshire primary, a viral video of him calling fellow candidate Ted Cruz a "pussy" grows even more important.

February 14 and the Legacy of Violence in Lebanon

Halim Shebaya | Posted 02.12.2017 | World
Halim Shebaya

Eleven years later, as Hariri's Future Movement holds its annual commemoration of the assassination, we should remember that the violence in Lebanon did not start or end on the 14th of February.

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.

What Comes After Samantha Power's Sri Lanka Visit?

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 11.25.2016 | World
Taylor Dibbert

Power's visit is indeed a welcome gesture. Nonetheless, now's the time to see whether Washington's continued engagement with Colombo is predicated upon a mix of pragmatism and ideals.

Clarifying Sri Lanka's Transitional Justice Commitments

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 11.14.2016 | 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.

Doing Right by Victims in Cote d'Ivoire: Ouattara's Second Term

David Tolbert | Posted 11.11.2016 | World
David Tolbert

Serious, careful, and effective efforts to acknowledge Cote d'Ivoire's past and account for grave abuses can strengthen the country's economic and social progress.

Devil Is in the Detail of Colombian Justice Deal

Paul Seils | Posted 10.15.2016 | World
Paul Seils

While the FARC agreement is a most welcome and unexpected surprise, it is much too early to say that it is capable of delivering the kind of truth and justice that Colombia must provide to its injured citizens.

Protecting the Media in Transitional States

Dallin Van Leuven | Posted 09.14.2016 | World
Dallin Van Leuven

Certainly, the U.S. can and should lead the way in promoting free speech across the world. But when it comes to promoting a free press and protecting the media in transitional states, perhaps the world would be better off following the lead of countries like Ghana.

The International Criminal Court Deserves Better

Dr. Aurelia Frick | Posted 07.16.2016 | World
Dr. Aurelia Frick

History has been defined by war and conflict, with little regard for the laws of war and protection of civilians. The greater the atrocity, the greater the likelihood that the perpetrators would go unpunished.

Welcoming a Hybrid Attempt at Justice for the Central African Republic

Jesica L. Santos | Posted 07.14.2016 | World
Jesica L. Santos

The establishment of the SCC is unprecedented in recent years in that the world will now have a hybrid tribunal working in a country where the ICC has already opened investigations.

Why It's in Turkey's Interest to Acknowledge the Armenian Genocide

David Tolbert | Posted 06.24.2015 | World
David Tolbert

Denial is the final fortress of those who commit genocide and other atrocities. It not only damages the victims and their communities, but also promises a future based on lies, sowing the seeds of more conflict and repression.

New Genocide Trial in Guatemala?

Jo-Marie Burt | Posted 02.28.2015 | World
Jo-Marie Burt

If the genocide trial does restart, the role of the international community will be of utmost importance to ensuring a fair process. There is little doubt that there will be strong opposition from conservative elites and from sectors of the military. But the desire for the victims for truth and justice remains steadfast.