Sri Lanka Post-war monuments foretold unabating oppression The monuments were built with A9 closed to the

public and ICRC and with nearly 300,000 IDPs detained in camps with restricted access for food, water, medicine and physical safety and unveiled in pompous ceremony: a.Puthumattalan ‘’victory monument’’ unveiled by the President on 9 December 2009: b. Elephantpass ‘’war hero memorial’’ unveiled by the Defence Minister on 30 April 2010 c. Bullet-and-cracks-in-the-wall war memorial of Kilinochchi unveiled by the Defence Secretary on 9 May 2010: i.details of memorial: ii.pompous ceremony:

The location, size and design of the monuments are psychologically oppressive and are dead against the very spirit of reconciliation.