The Newsletter 59 Spring 2012

Civil war in Sri Lanka: Genesis, culmination and the UN report

Anshuman Rawat

In April 2011, the UN released a report on human rights violations during the last phase of the 26-year-long Sri Lankan civil war, in which 80,000 to 100,000 people were killed. While the document is comprehensive in its summary of the culmination of the war, its understanding would be incomplete without knowing the historical context of the conflict between the nation’s two major ethnic groups.

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