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Lanka After Tigers

Lanka After Tigers

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SRI LANKAN PRESIDENT MAHINDA RAJAPAKSE AND HIS MILITARY CHIEFS, INCLUDING GENERAL SARATH FONSEKA, FAR LEFT,AT INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS LAST YEAR. ISHARA KODIKARA/IRIN
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SRI LANKA WILL HOLD ITS SECOND
,mammoth electoral exercise in just fourmonths – a parliamentary poll in whichnewly re-elected President Mahinda Rajapakse aims for a two-thirdsparliamentary majority which would givehim a free hand to change the constitution. He won thepresidential election in January by a margin of eighteenpercent over former army commander General SarathFonseka, and the opposition is yet to recover from the defeat.Despite the jubilation over his victory, this is nota fresh start for a country recovering from threedecades of conflict with the Tamil Tigers. The samehard-line policies, corruption and nepotism could
SRILANKACharuLataHogg,
ASSOCIATE FELLOW, ASIA PROGRAMME, CHATHAM HOUSE
Concentrating Power
ElevenmonthsaftertheSriLankanarmycrushedtheTamilTigerrebelsincontroversialcircumstances,thecountry isabouttochooseanewparliament,thesecondelectionthisyear.Butfarfromushering-inareconciliationprocess, thereistalkofauthoritarianism, breachesofinternationallawandabuseofstatepower.
 
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continue,furtherweakeninganalreadybattereddemocracy.The Tigersdefeat will remain hollow unless thePresidentestablishesamoreinclusiveanddemocraticstate which shows genuine commitment to the rule of law andhumanrights.Sofar,histrackrecordisquestionable.
TAMIL TROUBLES
The presidential poll in January did not mark departure from intimidation and violence. History repeated itself as Rajapakse won his second presidentialelection, in part because the minority Tamil community could not exercise its franchise without fear. InNovember 2005, the Tigers’ iron-fist forcibly preventedTamils from voting, an exercise that catapulted Rajapakseintopowerbyanarrowmargin.Months after the Tigers’ defeat, a large number of Tamils in northeast Sri Lanka could not vote in January  because they were coerced to abstain, unable to register, orhadnotransporttoreachpollingstations.Elsewhere,statepower was brazenly abused and Rajapakses mainchallenger, Fonseka, was undermined and compared to the Ugandan dictator Idi Amin. Defeated, he was putunder arrest, court martialed and his supporters have beenthreatenedandattacked.For many Tamils, a pressing concern is the resettlementof some seventy thousand refugees displaced in the finalstages of the war who have returned in recent months to the Tamil heartland of Jaffna. Many are still unable toreclaim their houses because they lie inside military bufferzones. There is little work and only a trickle of cash to lubricatethelocaleconomy.Humanitarian workers say that livelihood schemes, a staple of post-disaster planning, are missing in the north because authorities want to keep out prying eyes, amidinternational controversy over the camps for the displacedandthefateofreturnees.Tamilpoliticianshaveraisedfears that Tamil areas are being resettled with families from themajoritySinhalesecommunity.EquallytroublingforTamilsisthelackofanindependentinvestigation into alleged war crimes during the last phasesof the conflict. A handful of western countries, and Tamildiaspora groups, are pressing for some kind of accountability for thousands of civilian deaths. Sri Lanka isadamantitssoldiersdidnotviolateinternationallaw.The European Union has made clear that a credibleprocess to address alleged violations of internationalhumanitarian law by both sides during the conflict couldalso contribute to the reconciliation process. It hasdecided to suspend its $136 million annual tradepreferencesforSriLankangoodsinAugust.The United States State Department report on theconflict and the statement by Philip Alston, the UN Special Rapporteur for Extrajudicial, Summary or ArbitraryExecutions,underlinetheneedforacredibleandindependentinvestigation.However, Sri Lanka’s willingness to turn to China,
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