Transitional Justice in Sri Lanka – Issues, Challenges and Prospects

  • Datum: –17.00
  • Plats: Room 6575, Gamla torget 6
  • Föreläsare: Ramu Manivannan, Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Madras in Chennai, India
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  • Arrangör: Uppsala Forum on Democracy, Peace and Justice and the Department of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University
  • Kontaktperson: Stella Marceta
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Join us for an Uppsala Forum guest lecture on the topic of “Transitional Justice in Sri Lanka – Issues, Challenges and Prospects” with Professor Ramu Manivannan, University of Madras in Chennai, India.

The purpose of this lecture is to present issues, challenges and prospects of transitional justice in Sri Lanka with an evaluation of the initiatives launched by the Sri Lankan government, including the role played by international institutions. The lecture will also examine the processes and outcomes since the 2012 directives issued by the UN Human Rights Council.

There are five basic conditions towards the realization of transitional justice. First, the revelation and acknowledgement of truth. Secondly, accountability of the perpetrators of the mass crimes and crimes against humanity. Thirdly, the ground for reconciliation could be explored by establishing the conditions for addressing issues like institutional reform and assurance of the non-recurrence of past crimes. Fourthly, reform of institutions should be inclusive of the need for addressing justice for the victims. Lastly, reparations and compensation cannot be treated as monetary allowance or as part of a so-called rehabilitation of the victims. A human rights perspective and possibilities for a political resolution of the conflict have to be included. In many ways, the UN Human Rights Council initiative of March 2012 in asking the Sri Lankan government to address the issues of accountability is the opening of the road to justice for Tamils in Sri Lanka.