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Sri Lanka Needs Truth, but Not (Yet) a Truth Commission

The Sri Lankan government has long evaded the UN Human Rights Council’s requests that it hold accountable perpetrators of atrocities committed during the country’s 26-year civil war and since.

Absent changes responsive to its concerns, the Council should keep up the pressure.

Impunity has a long history in Sri Lanka.

The country is haunted by the ghosts of injustices occurring in both the distant and recent past.

Traumatic centuries of Western colonialism left a brutal legacy scarcely acknowledged by the states at fault.

2023 marked the 40th anniversary of Black July – the days of state-sanctioned mob violence that, in…

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