Behind the bravado and bold promises of the election contenders in Sri Lanka is the shadow of past violence, say Savi Hensman. Many are in denial about the effects, but unless the grim legacy is at least acknowledged, future unity and stability may be undermined.
Human rights groups have welcomed the government of Sri Lanka’s promise to lift by 1 December any restrictions on movement of at least 130,000 people displaced by the war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam.
A prisoner has been seriously injured and has had to be hospitalized after a clash between the Sri Lankan Army and detainees being held at a school in Vavuniya in the north-east of the country this week.
The war in Sri Lanka is over, say the headlines. Savitri Hensman, a native of the troubled land who now lives in Britain, offers a more complex account of the continuing struggle for peace with justice.
The Anglican Bishop of Kurunagala in Sri Lanka, the Rt Revd Kumara lllangasinghe, has written to Anglican churches throughout the world to appeal for crisis aid for refugee casualties following the bloody end to the war there.
News that the UK government has licensed multi-million pound arms deals with the Sri Lankan government has triggered outrage amongst campaigners and MPs, and raises the need for sea-change in public policy on the arms trade.