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Sri Lanka’s Potemkin Peace: Democracy Under Fire

Asia Report N°253, 13 November 2013

Despite recent moves meant to show progress towards post-war reconciliation and respect for human rights, Sri Lanka’s government has not altered the authoritarian direction of its policies, and the rights and security of all communities remain under threat.

Recent Reports

Sri Lanka’s Potemkin Peace: Democracy Under Fire, Asia Report N°253, 13 Nov 2013

Despite recent moves meant to show progress towards post-war reconciliation and respect for human rights, Sri Lanka’s government has not altered the authoritarian direction of its policies, and the rights and security of all communities remain under threat.

Sri Lanka’s Authoritarian Turn: The Need for International Action, Asia Report N°243, 20 Feb 2013

As the UN Human Rights Council prepares to open its 22nd session next week, the Sri Lankan government has made no meaningful progress on either reconciliation or accountability and instead has accelerated the country’s authoritarian turn, with attacks on the judiciary and political dissent that threaten long-term stability and peace.

Sri Lanka: Tamil Politics and the Quest for a Political Solution, Asia Report N°239, 20 Nov 2012

The Sri Lankan government’s refusal to negotiate seriously with Tamil political leaders or consider reasonable forms of power sharing is heightening ethnic tensions and damaging prospects for sustainable peace.

Sri Lanka’s North II: Rebuilding under the Military, Asia Report N°220, 16 Mar 2012

The Sri Lankan military’s control over the political and economic life of the Northern Province is deepening the alienation and anger of northern Tamils and threatening sustainable peace.

Sri Lanka’s North I: The Denial of Minority Rights, Asia Report N°219, 16 Mar 2012

The Sri Lankan military’s control over the political and economic life of the Northern Province is deepening the alienation and anger of northern Tamils and threatening sustainable peace.

Sri Lanka: Women’s Insecurity in the North and East, Asia Report N°217, 20 Dec 2011

Women in Sri Lanka’s predominantly Tamil-speaking north and east are facing a desperate lack of security in the aftermath of the long civil war.

Reconciliation in Sri Lanka: Harder than Ever, Asia Report N°209, 18 Jul 2011

President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s authoritarian and Sinhalese nationalist post-war policies are undermining prospects for reconciling Sri Lanka’s ethnic communities, weakening democracy for all Sri Lankans and increasing the risk of a return to violent conflict.

India and Sri Lanka after the LTTE, Asia Report N°206, 23 Jun 2011

India needs to push Sri Lanka harder towards steps that will avert a return to violent conflict on the island.

War Crimes in Sri Lanka, Asia Report N°191, 17 May 2010

Newly revealed evidence of war crimes in Sri Lanka last year makes an international inquiry essential.

The Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora after the LTTE, Asia Report Nº186, 23 Feb 2010

For the past quarter-century the Tamil diaspora has shaped the Sri Lankan political landscape through its financial and ideological support to the military struggle for an independent Tamil state.

Sri Lanka: A Bitter Peace, Asia Briefing N°99, 11 Jan 2010

No matter which of the two main Sinhalese candidates wins Sri Lanka’s 26 January presidential election, the international community must take steps to ensure he addresses the marginalisation of Tamils and other minorities in the interest of peace and stability.

Sri Lanka’s Judiciary: Politicised Courts, Compromised Rights, Asia Report N°172, 30 Jun 2009

Sri Lanka’s judiciary is failing to protect constitutional and human rights.

Development Assistance and Conflict in Sri Lanka: Lessons from the Eastern Province, Asia Report N°165, 16 Apr 2009

Violence, political instability and the government’s reluctance to devolve power or resources to the fledgling provincial council are undermining ambitious plans for developing Sri Lanka’s Eastern Province.

Sri Lanka’s Eastern Province: Land, Development, Conflict, Asia Report N°159, 15 Oct 2008

Sri Lanka’s government must address the security needs and land-related grievances of all ethnic communities in its Eastern Province or risk losing a unique opportunity for development and peace.

Sri Lanka's Return to War: Limiting the Damage, Asia Report N°146, 20 Feb 2008

Sri Lanka is in civil war again, and there are no prospects of a peace process resuming soon.

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