Transitional Justice and Human Rights crisis in Sri Lanka


On 30 March 2015 the Forum for South Asia studies in collarboration with Uppsala Forum on Democracy, Peace and Justice, SLU, and UF-Uppsala had the pleasure of welcoming Professor Ramu Manivannan, Head of the Department of Political Science at the University of Madras, Chennai, India. In his lecture Professor Manivannan dealed with the topic "Transitional Justice and  Human Rights crisis in Sri Lanka."

The United Nations should promote compliance of transitional justice processes and mechanisms with international norms and standards. In situations in which national conditions do not allow for or limit effectiveness of transitional justice measures the UN should support initiatives that encourage and lay foundation for effective mechanism and process. It is important that the UN seeks to address the root causes of conflicts and the related violations of all rights in an integrated and independent manner. 

The question for the UN is never whether to pursue but rather when and how. UN Panel of Experts have confirmed a serious violations of international humanitarian and human rights law during the final phases of the civil war in Sri Lanka. This lecture explores the progress in providing accountability for the violations of human rights and humanitarian laws as well as the role and responsibility in securing justice for the victims.