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Against the Memory Police: War and Remembrance in Sri Lanka
January 13, 2021

Against the Memory Police: War and Remembrance in Sri Lanka

By Thamil Venthan Ananthavinayagan
The recent destruction of a memorial for Sri Lankan Tamils massacred during the civil war raises important, difficult, questions.

Sinhalese Leviathan: How Gotabaya Rajapaksa Is Remaking Sri Lanka
November 19, 2020

Sinhalese Leviathan: How Gotabaya Rajapaksa Is Remaking Sri Lanka

By Thamil Venthan Ananthavinayagan
With the Rajapaksa brothers at the helm, majoritarian politics threatens to morph into militant nationalism in Sri Lanka.
Controversial Movie About Cricket Legend Creates Dissatisfaction Among the Tamil Community
October 30, 2020

Controversial Movie About Cricket Legend Creates Dissatisfaction Among the Tamil Community

By Jeevethan Selvachandran
The Sri Lankan cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan is perceived to be close to the Rajapaksa brothers despite being an ethnic Tamil.

Sri Lanka Elections: Tamils Have Not Abandoned Human Rights for Economic Development
August 24, 2020

Sri Lanka Elections: Tamils Have Not Abandoned Human Rights for Economic Development

By J. S. Tissainayagam
Sri Lanka’s ethnic minority remains committed to both, but not one at the expense of the other.

The Burning of Jaffna Public Library: Sri Lanka’s First Step Toward Civil War
May 31, 2020

The Burning of Jaffna Public Library: Sri Lanka’s First Step Toward Civil War

By Thamil Venthan Ananthavinayagan
The events of 39 years ago set the stage for Sri Lanka’s civil war – and still echo today.

Post-War Sri Lanka: Fractured and Unjust for Tamils
May 15, 2020

Post-War Sri Lanka: Fractured and Unjust for Tamils

By Visvajit Sriramrajan
More than a decade after the Mullivaikkal massacre, Tamils remain heavily discriminated against by a state that has yet to reckon with its violent past.

Sri Lanka’s Uneven Reconstruction
November 07, 2019

Sri Lanka’s Uneven Reconstruction

By Umesh Moramudali
Nearly a decade after the civil war ended, war-affected provinces still lag behind the rest of the country economically.
Sri Lanka Presidential Hopeful Says Won’t Honor Deal with UN
October 15, 2019

Sri Lanka Presidential Hopeful Says Won’t Honor Deal with UN

By Associated Press
Gotabaya Rajapaksa says he won’t recognized an agreement to investigate alleged war crimes

A Decade Without Justice for Sri Lanka’s Tamils
May 17, 2019

A Decade Without Justice for Sri Lanka’s Tamils

By Anjali Manivannan
May 18 is an important reminder that while the country’s armed conflict may have ended, the search for elusive justice continues.

The Geopolitics of Sri Lanka’s Transitional Justice
April 03, 2019

The Geopolitics of Sri Lanka’s Transitional Justice

By Ana Pararajasingham
Western countries are less interested in pressuring Sri Lanka now that Rajapaksa is no longer in charge.

Sri Lanka Keeps Its Domestic Political Rift From Spilling Into UN Rights Meeting
March 22, 2019

Sri Lanka Keeps Its Domestic Political Rift From Spilling Into UN Rights Meeting

By Krishan Francis
The Sirisena-Wickremesinghe rivalry extends to different approaches to UN pressure on transitional justice issues.
Why Is Sri Lanka Defying the United Nations?
December 22, 2017

Why Is Sri Lanka Defying the United Nations?

By Ana Pararajasingham
Sri Lanka’s strategy of defiance, denial, and delay might be designed to evade the charge of genocide.

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