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After the FallSri Lanka in Victory and War$
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Mohan K. Tikku

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199463503

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199463503.001.0001

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Human Rights and the Wrongs

Human Rights and the Wrongs

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(p.198) 12 Human Rights and the Wrongs
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After the Fall
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Mohan K. Tikku

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199463503.003.0013

Human Rights violations were so rampant through this war that it was difficult keep count. The culture of impunity was not incidental to the situation. It was advanced as an instrument of government policy. In the face of international advice or pressure, the government set up the IIGEP and later the LLRC to look into the violations. If these failed to produce results, it was because the government wanted them so. Despite such obfuscation, Channel Four videos ‘Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields’ and ‘No Fire Zones’ brought the stark truth into the open. An embarrassed government, initially in denial, later brazened it out. The failure of the international community to act while the violations were committed partly explains the government inability (and unwillingness) to produce results.

Keywords:   Navi Pillay, IIGEP, People’s Permanent Tribunal, LLRC, Disappearances, Culture of Impunity, HRCSL, Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields

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