Generating Empathy, Restoring Dignity: The Curious Case of Sri Lanka

Yusuf, Salma

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At a time in history marked by the emergence of extreme right-wing movements around the globe assumed by individuals, communities or societies, Sri Lanka has a different story to tell. This paper will tell that story. The analysis is benchmarked on two historic moments witnessed in Sri Lanka: the conclusion of the war in 2009 and the democratic awakening that emerged in 2015. The paper will begin with an engaging exploration of the historical and current contextual narratives in Sri Lanka, both of which are critical to its reconciliation process. It will then provide an account of Sri Lanka’s progress in so far as the national reconciliation agenda. Thereafter, the paper will discuss key existing challenges to the process of national reconciliation. The paper makes the case for a genuine and real approach towards achieving reconciliation, one that is sustainable and meaningful in its essence.

Document type: Article
Publisher: South Asia Democratic Forum (SADF)
Place of Publication: Brussels
Date: 2017
Version: Secondary publication
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2021 11:51
Faculties / Institutes: Miscellaneous > Individual person
DDC-classification: Political science
Military science
General history of Asia Far East
Controlled Keywords: Sri Lanka, Minderheitenfrage, Bürgerkrieg in Sri Lanka, Friedensbemühung, Versöhnung
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sri Lanka, Versöhnung, Übergangsjustiz, Friedensbemühungen, Ethnischer Konflikt, Bürgerkrieg, Minderheitenfrage, Demokratie / Sri Lanka, reconciliation, transitional justice, peace efforts, ethnic conflict, civil war, minority issue, democracy
Subject (classification): Politics
Countries/Regions: Sri Lanka
Series: Themen > SADF Focus
Volume: 30