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The Forever War?: Military Control in Sri Lanka’s North

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he heavy militarisation of Sri Lanka’s northern province after the civil war’s bloody end in 2009 has been the subject of growing domestic and international concern. The large numbers of military personnel in the north, and the deep involvement of the military in the province’s governance, endanger the re-establishment of democratic institutions that is necessary to lasting peace (see our Nov 2013 report Sri Lanka’s Potemkin Peace: Democracy Under Fire). For more details




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AI index: ASA 37/009/2012

13 June 2012

The Human Rights Situation in Sri Lanka, June 2012

A statement for the June Human Rights Council Session

Sri Lanka is not fulfilling many of its international human rights obligations.  Impunity remains

the norm for gross violations of human rights, including alleged war crimes. Gross and

systematic human rights violations continue to take place. Sri Lanka’s armed conflict ended in

2009, but its legacy of unlawful detention practices continues; arbitrary arrest and detention,

torture and other ill-treatment and custodial killings remain hallmarks of Sri Lankan policing.

The number of reports of enforced disappearances in the past six months is alarming; political

activists critical of the state continue to be victims. Intimidation and smear campaigns against

human rights defenders and journalists in government-owned newspapers have included

attacks on individuals advocating for human rights accountability before this Council.

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The Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora after the LTTE

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Watching the devastation of the final months of the war and the seeming indifference of governments and the United Nations, many Tamils, particularly the younger generation born in the West, grew deeply disillusioned. Governments with large Tamil communities have been worried this might lead to new forms of militancy. In the last months of the war and months immediately following, there were self-immolations by Tamil protestors, vandalism against Sri Lankan embassies, and increased communal tensions between Tamils and Sinhalese abroad. While such events have grown less frequent, risks of radicalism in the diaspora cannot be dismissed entirely.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 February 2010 20:15

Tribunal On Sri Lanka

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The Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal (PPT) is an international opinion tribunal, independent  

from any State authority. It examines cases regarding violations of human rights and the

rights of peoples.

Promoted by the Lelio Basso International Foundation for the Rights and Liberation of

Peoples, the PPT was founded in June 1979, in Bologna, Italy, by a broad spectrum of legal experts,

writers, and other cultural and community leaders (including five Nobel Prize laureates) from 31 countries.

The PPT is rooted in the historical experiences of the Russell Tribunals on Vietnam (1966-67) and the

dictatorships in Latin America (1974-1976). The importance and strength of decisions by the PPT rest

on the moral weight of the causes and arguments to which they give credibility, as well as the integrity

and capability to judge of the Tribunal members.

Complaints heard by the Tribunal are submitted by the victims, or by groups or individuals representing

them. The PPT calls together all parties concerned and offers the defendants the possibility to make

their own arguments heard. The Jury is selected for each case by combining members who belong to a

permanent list of jurors, and individuals who are recognized for their competence and integrity.

From June 1979 to the present date the PPT has held some 40 sessions whose results and judgements

are available at www.internazionaleleliobasso.it.

For this Session on Sri Lanka, the Secretariat of the PPT was first approached by representatives of a

broad spectrum of NGOs, as early as July 2009. The government of Sri Lanka had declared the war

over two months prior, following months of bloody massacre which had made headlines worldwide.

The urgency of the matter was recognized. Additionally, the specific competence of the PPT was

considered in response to the substantial disregard of the matter by international institutions which

accompanied the “disappearance” of the massacre of the Tamils from the attention of the international


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