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  • Call for Papers - “Assessing the Political, Social and Economic Impact of Prosecutions for International Crimes in Transitioning Societies”

    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 country about the long-term political, social and economic impact of prosecutions for international crimes. Applicants are invited to send in their proposals (500 words) with a summary biography to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 15 September 2017. Participation will be confirmed on 1 October 2017 (suitable proposals may be confirmed as soon as they come in). Papers may be co-authored by multiple individuals. International flights to, and accommodation in, Colombo will be covered by SACLS for a limited number of participants.Draft papers/ presentations must be submitted by 15 December 2017. An anthology of selected papers will be published before 1 June 2018. All papers will be peer reviewed before publication.

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நிலைமாறுகால நீதியை நிலைநாட்டுவதிலுள்ள சவால்கள்

08 April 2017
நிலைமாறுகால நீதியை நிலைநாட்டுவதிலுள்ள சவால்கள்

2009 ஆம் ஆண்டு யுத்தம் முடிவடைந்ததையடுத்து, யுத்தகாலத்தில் இடம்பெற்ற விடயங்கள் சம்பந்தமாக வகைப்பொறுப்பு கூறுவதற்கும் அத்துடன் நல்லிணக்கத்தை தோற்றுவிப்...

FORGETTING THE PAST: A WARNING

23 March 2017
FORGETTING THE PAST: A WARNING

On March 24th, human rights activists and victims’ groups worldwide will commemorate International Day for the Dignity of Victims, in honour of victim...

AUTONOMY AND DECENTRALIZATION WITHIN WITNESS PROTE...

17 March 2017
AUTONOMY AND DECENTRALIZATION WITHIN WITNESS PROTECTION ACTIVITIES: PART III

Organisational structures for witness protection Structurally, witness protection programmes could exist in a number of different forms. Countries oft...

OPERATIONAL MODELS FOR VICTIM AND WITNESS PROTECTI...

16 March 2017
OPERATIONAL MODELS FOR VICTIM AND WITNESS PROTECTION WITHIN TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE: PART II

The previous article in this serial titled Contextualising Victim and Witness Protection for Transitional Justice discussed three key considerations w...

CONTEXTUALIZING VICTIM AND WITNESS PROTECTION FOR...

14 March 2017
CONTEXTUALIZING VICTIM AND WITNESS PROTECTION FOR TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE - PART I

Introduction Since the end of the war in 2009, Sri Lanka has been pushed to address issues relating to wartime accountability and reconciliation withi...

The problem with ‘justice as reconciliation’

22 February 2017
The problem with ‘justice as reconciliation’

Unless we evolve substantive way to talk about justice for atrocity crimes, the emotive aspects of the debate will continue to take precedence with ve...

உண்மையை கண்டறியும் ஆணைக்குழு: அரசாங்கம் முதன்மைப்ப...

18 February 2017
உண்மையை கண்டறியும் ஆணைக்குழு: அரசாங்கம் முதன்மைப்படுத்துவது நீதியை மறுப்பதற்காகவா?

ஐக்கிய நாடுகள் மனித உரிமைகள் பேரவையின் அமர்விற்கு இன்னமும் ஒரு மாதகாலத்திற்கு சற்றே அதிகமான காலப்பகுதியே இருக்கின்றது. இந்த அமர்வில் ஐக்கிய நாடுகள் மன...

நீதி இல்லாமல் நிலைமாறுகால நீதியா?

18 January 2017
நீதி இல்லாமல் நிலைமாறுகால நீதியா?

இலங்கை, நல்லாட்சி ​அரசாங்கத்தின் இரண்டாவது வருடத்தை கடந்துள்ள இத்தருணத்தில் மனிதர்களுக்கெதிரான அட்டூழியங்கள் நிறைந்த குற்றச்செயல்கள் சார்ந்ததாக வகைபொற...

Incorporating International Crimes into Sri Lankan...

22 September 2016
Incorporating International Crimes into Sri Lankan Law: The Need for Legislative Reform

 In a paper published recently, Eleanor Vermunt and I argued that international crimes must be incorporated into Sri Lankan law with retroactive...

සංක්‍රාන්ති යුක්තිය | ශ්‍රී ලාංකීය ජන මාධ්‍යයේ කාර...

07 May 2016
සංක්‍රාන්ති යුක්තිය | ශ්‍රී ලාංකීය ජන මාධ්‍යයේ කාර්යභාරය

සංක්‍රාන්ති යුක්තිය සහ මාධ්‍ය පිළිබඳව කතා කරන විට, මාධ්‍ය ප්‍රධාන භූමිකා ද්විත්වයක් රඟ දක්වයි. පළමු අවස්ථාවේදී මාධ්‍ය යනු සංක්‍රාන්ති යුක්ති ක්‍රියාවල...

Media and transitional justice in Sri Lanka: what...

21 April 2016
Media and transitional justice in Sri Lanka: what is the need of the hour?

The historic electoral defeat of President Mahinda Rajapaksa—an unabashed nationalist strongman—at the hands of President Maithripala Sirisena in Janu...

Questions of Haste, Urgency and Consultations in T...

20 April 2016
Questions of Haste, Urgency and Consultations in Transitional Justice

On a recent visit to the United States, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera made a revealing series of comments in response to a question at a forum...

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In the media

நிலைமாறுகால நீதியை நிலைநாட்டுவதிலுள்ள சவால்கள்

08 April 2017
நிலைமாறுகால நீதியை நிலைநாட்டுவதிலுள்ள சவால்கள்

2009 ஆம் ஆண்டு யுத்தம் முடிவடைந்ததையடுத்து, யுத்தகாலத்தில் இடம்பெற்ற விடயங்கள் சம்பந்தமாக வகைப்பொறுப்பு கூறுவதற்கும் அத்துடன் நல்லிணக்கத்தை தோற்றுவிப்...

FORGETTING THE PAST: A WARNING

23 March 2017
FORGETTING THE PAST: A WARNING

On March 24th, human rights activists and victims’ groups worldwide will commemorate International Day for the Dignity of Victims, in honour of victim...

AUTONOMY AND DECENTRALIZATION WITHIN WITNESS PROTE...

17 March 2017
AUTONOMY AND DECENTRALIZATION WITHIN WITNESS PROTECTION ACTIVITIES: PART III

Organisational structures for witness protection Structurally, witness protection programmes could exist in a number of different forms. Countries oft...

OPERATIONAL MODELS FOR VICTIM AND WITNESS PROTECTI...

16 March 2017
OPERATIONAL MODELS FOR VICTIM AND WITNESS PROTECTION WITHIN TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE: PART II

The previous article in this serial titled Contextualising Victim and Witness Protection for Transitional Justice discussed three key considerations w...

CONTEXTUALIZING VICTIM AND WITNESS PROTECTION FOR...

14 March 2017
CONTEXTUALIZING VICTIM AND WITNESS PROTECTION FOR TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE - PART I

Introduction Since the end of the war in 2009, Sri Lanka has been pushed to address issues relating to wartime accountability and reconciliation withi...

The problem with ‘justice as reconciliation’

22 February 2017
The problem with ‘justice as reconciliation’

Unless we evolve substantive way to talk about justice for atrocity crimes, the emotive aspects of the debate will continue to take precedence with ve...

உண்மையை கண்டறியும் ஆணைக்குழு: அரசாங்கம் முதன்மைப்ப...

18 February 2017
உண்மையை கண்டறியும் ஆணைக்குழு: அரசாங்கம் முதன்மைப்படுத்துவது நீதியை மறுப்பதற்காகவா?

ஐக்கிய நாடுகள் மனித உரிமைகள் பேரவையின் அமர்விற்கு இன்னமும் ஒரு மாதகாலத்திற்கு சற்றே அதிகமான காலப்பகுதியே இருக்கின்றது. இந்த அமர்வில் ஐக்கிய நாடுகள் மன...

நீதி இல்லாமல் நிலைமாறுகால நீதியா?

18 January 2017
நீதி இல்லாமல் நிலைமாறுகால நீதியா?

இலங்கை, நல்லாட்சி ​அரசாங்கத்தின் இரண்டாவது வருடத்தை கடந்துள்ள இத்தருணத்தில் மனிதர்களுக்கெதிரான அட்டூழியங்கள் நிறைந்த குற்றச்செயல்கள் சார்ந்ததாக வகைபொற...

Incorporating International Crimes into Sri Lankan...

22 September 2016
Incorporating International Crimes into Sri Lankan Law: The Need for Legislative Reform

 In a paper published recently, Eleanor Vermunt and I argued that international crimes must be incorporated into Sri Lankan law with retroactive...

සංක්‍රාන්ති යුක්තිය | ශ්‍රී ලාංකීය ජන මාධ්‍යයේ කාර...

07 May 2016
සංක්‍රාන්ති යුක්තිය | ශ්‍රී ලාංකීය ජන මාධ්‍යයේ කාර්යභාරය

සංක්‍රාන්ති යුක්තිය සහ මාධ්‍ය පිළිබඳව කතා කරන විට, මාධ්‍ය ප්‍රධාන භූමිකා ද්විත්වයක් රඟ දක්වයි. පළමු අවස්ථාවේදී මාධ්‍ය යනු සංක්‍රාන්ති යුක්ති ක්‍රියාවල...

Media and transitional justice in Sri Lanka: what...

21 April 2016
Media and transitional justice in Sri Lanka: what is the need of the hour?

The historic electoral defeat of President Mahinda Rajapaksa—an unabashed nationalist strongman—at the hands of President Maithripala Sirisena in Janu...

Questions of Haste, Urgency and Consultations in T...

20 April 2016
Questions of Haste, Urgency and Consultations in Transitional Justice

On a recent visit to the United States, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera made a revealing series of comments in response to a question at a forum...

« »

In the media

நிலைமாறுகால நீதியை நிலைநாட்டுவதிலுள்ள சவால்கள்

08 April 2017
நிலைமாறுகால நீதியை நிலைநாட்டுவதிலுள்ள சவால்கள்

2009 ஆம் ஆண்டு யுத்தம் முடிவடைந்ததையடுத்து, யுத்தகாலத்தில் இடம்பெற்ற விடயங்கள் சம்பந்தமாக வகைப்பொறுப்பு கூறுவதற்கும் அத்துடன் நல்லிணக்கத்தை தோற்றுவிப்...

FORGETTING THE PAST: A WARNING

23 March 2017
FORGETTING THE PAST: A WARNING

On March 24th, human rights activists and victims’ groups worldwide will commemorate International Day for the Dignity of Victims, in honour of victim...

AUTONOMY AND DECENTRALIZATION WITHIN WITNESS PROTE...

17 March 2017
AUTONOMY AND DECENTRALIZATION WITHIN WITNESS PROTECTION ACTIVITIES: PART III

Organisational structures for witness protection Structurally, witness protection programmes could exist in a number of different forms. Countries oft...

OPERATIONAL MODELS FOR VICTIM AND WITNESS PROTECTI...

16 March 2017
OPERATIONAL MODELS FOR VICTIM AND WITNESS PROTECTION WITHIN TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE: PART II

The previous article in this serial titled Contextualising Victim and Witness Protection for Transitional Justice discussed three key considerations w...

CONTEXTUALIZING VICTIM AND WITNESS PROTECTION FOR...

14 March 2017
CONTEXTUALIZING VICTIM AND WITNESS PROTECTION FOR TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE - PART I

Introduction Since the end of the war in 2009, Sri Lanka has been pushed to address issues relating to wartime accountability and reconciliation withi...

The problem with ‘justice as reconciliation’

22 February 2017
The problem with ‘justice as reconciliation’

Unless we evolve substantive way to talk about justice for atrocity crimes, the emotive aspects of the debate will continue to take precedence with ve...

உண்மையை கண்டறியும் ஆணைக்குழு: அரசாங்கம் முதன்மைப்ப...

18 February 2017
உண்மையை கண்டறியும் ஆணைக்குழு: அரசாங்கம் முதன்மைப்படுத்துவது நீதியை மறுப்பதற்காகவா?

ஐக்கிய நாடுகள் மனித உரிமைகள் பேரவையின் அமர்விற்கு இன்னமும் ஒரு மாதகாலத்திற்கு சற்றே அதிகமான காலப்பகுதியே இருக்கின்றது. இந்த அமர்வில் ஐக்கிய நாடுகள் மன...

நீதி இல்லாமல் நிலைமாறுகால நீதியா?

18 January 2017
நீதி இல்லாமல் நிலைமாறுகால நீதியா?

இலங்கை, நல்லாட்சி ​அரசாங்கத்தின் இரண்டாவது வருடத்தை கடந்துள்ள இத்தருணத்தில் மனிதர்களுக்கெதிரான அட்டூழியங்கள் நிறைந்த குற்றச்செயல்கள் சார்ந்ததாக வகைபொற...

Incorporating International Crimes into Sri Lankan...

22 September 2016
Incorporating International Crimes into Sri Lankan Law: The Need for Legislative Reform

 In a paper published recently, Eleanor Vermunt and I argued that international crimes must be incorporated into Sri Lankan law with retroactive...

සංක්‍රාන්ති යුක්තිය | ශ්‍රී ලාංකීය ජන මාධ්‍යයේ කාර...

07 May 2016
සංක්‍රාන්ති යුක්තිය | ශ්‍රී ලාංකීය ජන මාධ්‍යයේ කාර්යභාරය

සංක්‍රාන්ති යුක්තිය සහ මාධ්‍ය පිළිබඳව කතා කරන විට, මාධ්‍ය ප්‍රධාන භූමිකා ද්විත්වයක් රඟ දක්වයි. පළමු අවස්ථාවේදී මාධ්‍ය යනු සංක්‍රාන්ති යුක්ති ක්‍රියාවල...

Media and transitional justice in Sri Lanka: what...

21 April 2016
Media and transitional justice in Sri Lanka: what is the need of the hour?

The historic electoral defeat of President Mahinda Rajapaksa—an unabashed nationalist strongman—at the hands of President Maithripala Sirisena in Janu...

Questions of Haste, Urgency and Consultations in T...

20 April 2016
Questions of Haste, Urgency and Consultations in Transitional Justice

On a recent visit to the United States, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera made a revealing series of comments in response to a question at a forum...

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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 of police custody and administrative detention. The preliminary findings of this report lend credence to allegations contained in the OISL Report that ‘men were as likely to have been victims of sexual violence as women’ during the conflict period. Drawing from interviews conducted with lawyers, human rights defenders, medical professionals and male survivors of sexual violence, the report also notes that this practice continues unabated even eight years after the cessation of Sri Lanka’s armed conflict.
The report has been published at a critical juncture when Sri Lanka is grappling with the contours of its judicial/non-judicial transitional justice mechanisms and is also attempting to reform its flawed counterterrorism legal regime. As noted in the report, Sri Lanka’s existing counterterrorism law – the PTA – has been the main instrument that has facilitated the commission of sexual violence against men in police custody and administrative detention. Under the PTA, the confessions made by suspects are admissible as evidence. In addition, the PTA only allows for minimal judicial oversight over administrative detention. These provisions have incentivized the use of torture including sexual violence. Troublingly, SACLS’ preliminary research on the proposed new counterterrorism law – the policy and legal framework of which was recently approved by the Cabinet of Ministers – indicates that its characterization of ‘terrorist offences’ is far wider (and more ambiguous) than even the PTA, with inadequate safeguards in place to protect detainees. The proposed new counterterrorism framework would therefore allow for a larger number of arrests and detentions with minimal judicial oversight. As such, the disturbing pattern of sexual violence against men in police custody and administrative detention is likely to continue in Sri Lanka, potentially on a much larger scale.
The report is also a timely reminder of the need to establish special structures, strategise unique approaches and capacitate the staff of the proposed transitional justice mechanisms to sensitively deal with crimes of this nature. Social stigma, community derision and cultural attitudes would undoubtedly dissuade many male survivors of sexual violence from approaching both judicial and non-judicial transitional justice mechanisms for redress. It is therefore important that these mechanisms adopt victim and witness protection and assistance measures specifically designed to suit male survivors of sexual violence. Moreover, as noted by the Consultation Task Force in volume one of its report, gender sensitivity in prosecuting sexual violence would require empathy towards the perspectives of male survivors as well. This will also entail safeguarding the identity and privacy of male survivors of sexual violence in order to garner their participation in the process.
The allegations relating to sexual violence against men and boys in custody reinforces SACLS’s repeated calls to promptly set up a credible judicial mechanism that can investigate and address Sri Lanka’s post-war impunity gap. Sri Lanka’s continuous failure to do so – as is evident through this report – has perpetuated human rights violations and a culture of impunity in post-war Sri Lanka.

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