Can There Be Peace Without Justice And Reconciliation?

Beautiful beaches, great food and warm weather. That is the shiny version sold to tourists to lure them to Sri Lanka. Scratch beneath the surface of your picture postcard and it is a sad and tangled mess of broken lives, lost dreams and a brittle future for the Tamils still living there. The reality of the situation is starkly set out in the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee Report . To summarise the report in tone and substance, there can be no peace in Sri Lanka without an acknowledgement of the injustices committed by the Government during the war and which continue to be perpetuated. While all this may be common knowledge what is especially distressing is the increasing authoritarian nature of the Sri Lankan government which openly defies calls by human rights organisations secure in the knowledge that there is growing acceptance by other countries of its’ supposed legitimate authority to govern.

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