[ View the story "Finding peace in post-war Sri Lanka" on Storify] Finding peace in post-war Sri Lanka What's being done to achieve reconciliation after war?
The Stream· Mon, Aug 24 2015 17:51:03
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
. 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,
and child soldiers while Sri Lankan military forces were accused of deliberately targeting
Many Sri Lankans who were reported missing during the war have still not been accounted for. Human rights activists also say
are still being used by government forces against Tamils to intimidate and discourage dissent.
Sonya Sceats - Freedom from Torture | FacebookFreedom from Torture
@KameliaKilawan "end of war"doesn't always mean "end of conflict";as long as psychology of war continues ongoing conflict can only intensifyNirmanusan B
According to a 2013 Human Rights Watch report, Sri Lankan security forces used
against Tamil detainees during and after the war.
Sri Lanka: Rape of Tamil Detaineeshumanrightswatch
The Sri Lankan military still
in the country's predominantly Tamil-speaking north. From the Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace & Justice:
@AJStream The military occupation of the NorthEast must end & the Generals responsible for genocide in 2009 must be brought to justiceJanani
Activists and international human rights groups have been calling on Sri Lanka to allow an independent investigation of crimes and abuses committed. The UN estimates that around 40,000 civilians were
in the weeks leading up to the war's end in May 2009.
The only corner where #HumanRights fails or even could not be understandable for the inventors and to the protectors of it, is #SriLankaNallarasu Ki
@innercitypress @ICRtoP @UNPeacekeeping There are enough Satellite Images of #Warcrimes of #SriLanka 2009 @UN but no one speak about it.Why?Vaz_e
A beautiful country destroyed by war. I hope to see Sri Lanka's human rights record improve. #WHD2015 #ShareHumanity
Online, views of the former wartime President Rajapaksa - who in the most recent election failed to be appointed prime minister - are mixed.
@KenRoth @leerhiannon for 23m people #Rajapaksa is a war hero. His defeats nothing to do with war crimes. This is called democracyChamith Gunathilaka
I think its about time the denizens of social media stops bashing of MR. its unethical to hit a leader when he has left corridors of power.kelum samarasena
In 2009, humanitarian assistance was
from entering a
in northeastern Sri Lanka where tens of thousands of civilians including Tamil fighters were killed. The government
shelling in designated safe zones.
A delayed UN report expected in September will further
crimes during the last months of the war.
UN inspectors must be given access to investigate human rights abuses during war #SriLanka #Elections no peace w/o justiceAudrey Cherryl Mogan
News of #UN #SriLanka #warcrimes report delay is a worry if it causes states' interest to wane
via @SLcampaignCraig Scott
#SriLanka Prime Minister to inquire into systematic Police #torture AFTER UN releases #warcrimes report. #Patience
Sri Lanka can emerge a strong and United nation if wickremsinge in particular pursues true reconciliationAtul Singh
Let's hope for a brighter future with the new government headed by @RW_UNP #GenElecSLAdil Yoosuf
Nothing's changed! the same old codgers have got back into the parliament! sincerely hope & pray for better reforms & governance! #GenElecSLAbdul Wahid
The Stream asked its community what should be done to promote post-war reconciliation in Sri Lanka.
@AJStream A UN commission of inquiry should be set up to investigate the alleged war crimes/reparations for victims' families.Maria Letizia
@DeemaAlpha @AJStream think its primarily about regaining confidence of Tamils,make them feel at home and not dish out 2ndclass treatmentKavitha Muralidharan
@AJStream the govt need to find those who are accountable, acknowledge the fact that crimes were committed on both sides and move forward.Leon.S