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In 2015, the Sri Lankan parliament passed the Assistance to and Protection of Victims of Crime and Witnesses Act. Since then, the Act has entered into force and the Victim and Witness Protection Authority has been created. This is despite persistent calls from civil society and the UN to revise…
The South Asian Centre for Legal Studies will be hosting a conference on the title “Assessing the Political, Social and Economic Impact of Prosecutions for International Crimes in Transitioning Societies” in December 2017. The Conference will see paper presentations and quality discussions aimed at informing contemporary policy debates in the…
On 20 July 2017, yesterday, President Maithripala Sirisena tweeted that he had “signed the Office of Missing Persons Gazette today.” The Foreign Minister also confirmed this position and stated that the next step was for the Constitutional Council to nominate members. The President’s announcement was met with expressions of congratulation…
A report published by the All Survivors Project– working in collaboration with the University of California Los Angeles and a number of Sri Lankan experts – on the 16th of May 2017 documents Sri Lanka’s untold (and unknown) legacy of sexual violence against men and boys, especially in the context…
In April, an investigation conducted by the Associated Press spurred the attention of the international community on serious allegations against Sri Lankan peacekeepers stationed in Haiti till 2007. From 2004 to 2007, nine Haitian children were reportedly exploited by a child sex ring involving at least 134 Sri Lankan peacekeepers.…
With the commemoration of international women’s day this week, we must remember that the transitional justice agenda, which was in many countries advanced by courageous and resilient women activists, must be situated within a broader human rights framework. The CEDAW report, also published this week, reminds us of the need…
In an article published a few days, human rights activist Shreen Saroor notes the incidence of harassment and physical abuse of victims who have campaigned for accountability and human rights in the North and East. Incidents of this type erode victims’ confidence in the process and ought to be taken…
Despite land grabbing being a common feature of many armed conflicts and an integral part of discriminatory policies against minority groups, it is insufficiently addressed in post-conflict or transitional justice accountability processes. While truth-commissions, in particular the Truth Commission in El Salvador, have highlighted that land confiscation often constitutes a…
Our recent paper “Fitting the Bill: Incorporating International Crimes into Sri Lankan Law” argues that no meaningful prosecution of atrocity crimes of the type alleged in Sri Lanka can take place without incorporating international crimes and corresponding modes of liability—including JCE, ordering, and command and superior responsibility—into Sri Lankan law.…
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