As Sri Lanka's recently re-elected President Mahinda Rajapaksa announced he is dissolving parliament and calling early elections, church leaders issued a strong statement against abuses during and after the last poll.
Concerns are rising that Sri Lanka's presidential election will be undermined after the deaths of four people in a spate of campaign-related violence in the past week, say election monitors. The poll is due on 26 January 2010.
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.