Monthly Archives: May 2019

When national security trumps religious freedom

When national security trumps religious freedom

The fallout from the recent spate of suicide bombings in Sri Lanka highlights the tension between religious freedom as a fundamental human right and national-security concerns. The country’s ban on face coverings — which admittedly impinges on religious liberty — can be justified in light …

Anger Could Tear Sri Lanka Apart

Anger Could Tear Sri Lanka Apart

The Easter bombings in Sri Lanka last month were a massive human tragedy for a country that has already experienced too much violence. Prior to the attacks on Christian churches and luxury hotels, Sri Lanka was already a deeply divided nation. The bombings and their …

Can Sri Lanka ever achieve lasting peace

Can Sri Lanka ever achieve lasting peace

Religious tensions in Sri Lanka have risen as the country marks 10 years since the end of the civil war. Hundreds of thousands of people were killed over 26 years as the government fought ethnic minority Tamils, who wanted to create their own state. Just as …

It’s not too late to bridge the divides in Sri Lanka — but it won’t be easy

It’s not too late to bridge the divides in Sri Lanka — but it won’t be easy

In the days since Islamist terrorists carried out attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, a series of violent reprisal attacks have targeted the country’s Muslim community. The assaults intensified during the week of May 13, when marauding mobs torched Muslim …

Presidential run?

Presidential run?

Former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, accused by rights groups of war crimes during the final months of Sri Lanka’s long-running civil war a decade ago, has confirmed he plans to run for the presidency in the wake of the Easter Sunday attacks that have shattered …

Sri Lanka: The crisis and constitutional violations

Sri Lanka: The crisis and constitutional violations

Sri Lanka was in a deep and complex crisis even before the outbreak of the Easter Sunday attacks. Now, in the wake of the Easter Sunday attacks, the country has plunged into a deeper and bigger crisis, which is more complex than it was before. …

Rwanda and Sri Lanka: A tale of two genocides

Rwanda and Sri Lanka: A tale of two genocides

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide and the 10th year since the Tamil genocide in Sri Lanka. While the 1994 Rwandan genocide has become part of the world’s collective memory, the 2009 Tamil genocide has not. Mullivailkkal Genocide Remembrance Day on …

Responsibility to Protect

Responsibility to Protect

Recalling their recent statements against violent extremism and hate speech, the United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, and the United Nations Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect, Karen Smith are alarmed about the growing acts of violence on the basis …

Software engineer, was under Indian surveillance

Software engineer, was under Indian surveillance

A Sri Lankan software engineer suspected by authorities in Sri Lanka of having provided technical and logistical support to the Easter Sunday suicide bombers was monitored by Indian intelligence agencies three years ago for links with Islamic State suspects, investigators said. Four sources in Sri …

India extends ban on LTTE

India extends ban on LTTE

Centre extended the ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on Tuesday for violent and disruptive activities that are prejudicial to the integrity and sovereignty of India. The Ministry of Home Affairs renewed its 2014 notification to declare LTTE as an “unlawful association” …