Human Rights: Countries: Sri Lanka

Summary

Sri Lanka is a multi-ethnic, multi-religious nation that was plagued by decades of violent conflict between the Sinhala-majority government and Tamil separatist groups in the northern and eastern parts of the country. The civil war came to an end in May 2009, and both sides were guilty of severe human rights violations and war crimes. The prolonged conflict was detrimental to all Sri Lankans, especially the Hindu minority (7.1%), which experienced an undue share of violence and displacement. Despite censure by the international community, the government remains unwilling to conduct a meaningful investigation into crimes committed during the war.

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