Sri Lanka: End of Conflict, Beginning of Peace?
Speaker: Dr Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, Executive Director, Centre for Policy Alternatives
After 25 years, the armed conflict between the Sri Lankan government and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) may be nearing its conclusion. According to Freedom House's Freedom in the World 2008, the conflict has not only led to human rights violations, it has also weakened the rule of law, political pluralism, and civil liberties, resulting in the government's lack of political accountability and transparency.
With the end to the military stalemate and years of conflict potentially in sight, the speaker will address several aspects of the potential conflict resolution. Particular focus will be given to the future of the LTTE, the consequences for governance and rule of law in Sri Lanka as well as means to redress political grievances of Tamil and Muslim communities.