On Thursday, February 24, 2011, the Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research hosted a Live Seminar on "Accountability for Violations of IHL in Counterinsurgency: The Case of Sri Lanka." A recording of the seminar is available here.
This Live Seminar examined mechanisms and strategies to promote accountability for IHL violations committed during counterinsurgencies, focusing on the case of Sri Lanka. Against the backdrop of domestic and international efforts to address IHL violations committed during the counterinsurgency in Sri Lanka, this Live Seminar addressed the following questions:
These questions were examined by reference to the situation in Sri Lanka.
Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker
Alan Keenan, International Crisis Group
Ambassador Dr. Palitha T.B. Kohona, Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations
Sam Zarifi, Amnesty International
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Ernie Regehr, "Sri Lanka and counterinsurgency wars," Disarming Conflict Blog, Centre for International Governance Innovation, June 8, 2009.
Sergei DeSilva-Ranasinghe, "Strategic Analysis of Sri Lankan Military's Counter-Insurgency Operations," Future Directions International, February 12, 2010.
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Jon Lee Anderson, "Death of the Tiger: Sri Lanka's brutal victory over its Tamil insurgents," The New Yorker, January 17, 2011.