Take the time to listen and absorb, critically of course, the four-person panel discussion anchored by MM Bilal and Omar Baddar on You-Tube at http://stream.aljazeera.com/story/201508242233-0024967 — under the rubric “Finding peace in post-war Sri Lanka; What’s being done to achieve reconciliation after war?”
Malika Bilal of Northwestern University & The Stream Omar Baddar
Six years have passed since Sri Lankan forces ended their 26-year war with separatist Tamil Tigers. But is the nation any closer to achieving reconciliation and justice for victims of conflict? Rights groups say the country’s lack of accountability in addressing wartime abuses has led to a post-conflict environment where violations are still happening. Join the conversation at 19:30 GMT.
On this episode of The Stream, we speak with:
* Nimmi Gowrinathan @nimmideviarchy
Professor, City College, NY…. deviarchy.com
Ruki Fernando @rukitweets
Human rights activist
Professor of criminal justice, University of Nevada Las Vegas Greenspun College of Urban Affairs
Niran Anketell @nirananketell
Human rights lawyer
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- Between 1972 and 2009, at least 100,000 people were killed in conflicts between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and Sri Lankan military. In 1983, clashes between the two groups escalated into war following a period known as Black July. The Tamil fight for a state independent of Sri Lanka’s Sinhalese majority fueled a war that lasted nearly three decades.
- Both sides have been criticised for committing abuses. The Tamil Tigers used suicide bombings, human shieldsand child soldiers while Sri Lankan military forces were accused of deliberately targeting no-fire zones.
Many Sri Lankans who were reported missing during the war have still not been accounted for. Human rights activists also say torture and enforced disappearances are still being used by government forces against Tamils to intimidate and discourage dissent.
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