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No war, no peace: the denial ofminority rights and justice in Sri Lanka
 
© Minority Rights Group International 2011 All rights reservedMaterial from this publication may be reproduced for teaching or for other non-commercial purposes. No part of it may bereproduced in any form for commercial purposes without the prior express permission of the copyright holders. For furtherinformation please contact MRG. A CIP catalogue record of this publication is available from the British Library.
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978 1 907919 05 3.
Published
January 2011. Printed in the UK on recycled paper.
No war, no peace: the denial ofminority rights and justice in Sri Lanka
is published by MRG as a contribution to public understanding of the issue whichforms its subject. The text and views of the author do not necessarily represent in every detail and all its aspects, the collectiveview of MRG.
Kirupakaran Krisanthini, an 11 year old Tamil whose father was abductedand killed in Thiriyai. She is among more than 100 children living in theSivanda Thaovanam Orphanage in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka, 2009.
Robin Hammond / Panos.
 Acknowledgements
 The research for this report was undertaken by the authorand by three Sri Lankan researchers, between July 2009 and August 2010. Due to security concerns, neither the authornor the researchers can be named, but MRG extends itsthanks to them, and to the activists, politicians, academics,religious leaders and others who, at considerable risk,agreed to be interviewed for this report. The author would also like to thank the anonymousreviewers who provided comments on earlier drafts of thisreport.
Minority Rights Group International
Minority Rights Group International (MRG) is anongovernmental organization (NGO) working to secure therights of ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities andindigenous peoples worldwide, and to promote cooperationand understanding between communities. Our activities arefocused on international advocacy, training, publishing andoutreach. We are guided by the needs expressed by ourworldwide partner network of organizations, which representminority and indigenous peoples.MRG works with over 150 organizations in nearly 50countries. Our governing Council, which meets twice a year,has members from 10 different countries. MRG hasconsultative status with the United Nations Economic andSocial Council (ECOSOC), and observer status with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights(ACHPR). MRG is registered as a charity and a companylimited by guarantee under English law. Registered charityno. 282305, limited company no. 1544957.
 
No war, no peace: the denial ofminority rights and justice in Sri Lanka
 Abbreviations2Executive summary3Map4Introduction 5Methodology6Part 1:The post-war situation for minorities in the north and east7
Minority concerns regarding the state’s agenda
7
Displacement, return and resettlement
8
Militarization
12
Limits on freedom of expression and association
12
Sinhalization
13
Development
14
Justice, accountability and reconciliation
15Case study Tamils of Indian origin 18Part 2: Key minority grievances19
Land seizure
19
Political representation
21
Political autonomy
22
Human rights
25
Language
26Conclusion29Recommendations30Relevant international instruments31Notes33
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