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What is the United Nations For?

What is the United Nations For?

The Civil War in Sri Lanka ended in May 2009. To date there have been no international prosecutions for the crimes that occurred. That is the gravest failure highlighted by recent disclosures.

Sri Lanka’s Attitude to International Threatening: The Upcoming UPR

Sri Lanka’s Attitude to International Threatening: The Upcoming UPR

The upcoming Sri Lankan Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is due to start this November in Geneva. This UPR session will be an important test for the Sri Lankan authorities.

Sri Lanka: A Nation Moves On

Sri Lanka: A Nation Moves On

As Sri Lanka emerges from the throes of a three-decade conflict, the opportunities and hope for a new tomorrow spring in the hearts and minds of all its peoples. The kaleidoscope of aspects to be addressed in order to bring the nation back on its feet is far from few.

Child Soldiers & International Law

Child Soldiers & International Law

In 2000, the UN reported that 36 countries were currently involved in conflict in which child soldiers were taking part. 17 of those conflicts saw the state itself employing children to fight. While some are kidnapped or forced into military service many join of their own volition, seduced by the illicit glamour of violence, tales of war and the promise of adventure which recruiters provide.

What the End of Civil War Means for Sri Lanka, and Why it Should Matter to the Rest of the World

What the End of Civil War Means for Sri Lanka, and Why it Should Matter to the Rest of the World

Five years before Hezbollah, ten years before Al Qaeda and Hamas, and 15 years before the Taliban, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam was founded in northern Sri Lanka in 1976, beginning life as one of many militias fighting for Tamil independence from the predominantly Sinhalese Sri Lanka

The Conflict in Sri Lanka and the Responsibility to Protect

The Conflict in Sri Lanka and the Responsibility to Protect

In mid 2008, the Sri Lankan government began a military offensive against LTTE rebels. Civilians trapped by the fighting face a double peril: if they flee, they risk being killed by the LTTE; if they stay, they must face the government’s bombardment. All this has prompted some humanitarian advocates to invoke the ‘Responsibility to Protect’ (RtoP) principle. Are they right to do so?

The US proposal to end war in Sri Lanka

The US proposal to end war in Sri Lanka

The Sri Lankan government’s victory at the Western Provincial Council election held on April 25, 2009 can only have added to its confidence that it is proceeding on the popular path with regard to the war in the north. At these elections the ruling alliance secured 65 percent of the popular vote, which is a huge margin of victory. But what of the international response?

Sri Lanka Needs Peace, Not R2P

Sri Lanka Needs Peace, Not R2P

Proponents of “responsibility to protect” or “R2P” have been linking their concept in recent weeks to the waning civil war in Sri Lanka. Are they right to do so? Talk of R2P may well distract from what should be a clear and unified demand to both sides: Cease fire.

The Bi-Polar Perspective and the Sri Lankan Crisis

The Bi-Polar Perspective and the Sri Lankan Crisis

The Sri Lankan government is losing the ideological battle while it is winning the military battle. This has tremendous implications for policymaking. Even if the government completely vanquishes the LTTE, the government could be pressured into an unfair and unsustainable political settlement due to the deeply entrenched ethnic analysis.

Sri Lanka’s military showdown may not be the end of its war with Tamil separitists

Sri Lanka’s military showdown may not be the end of its war with Tamil separitists

It is likely in the coming days that the Tamil Tigers lose their last piece of territory. However, without a political agreement to address the grievances of Sri Lanka’s Tamil minority, Sri Lanka will continue to be beset by a different, and perhaps more intractable, type of conflict.

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