Late last month PIAC’s conflict mapping report on the Sri Lankan civil war was presented to a number of civil society groups and diplomats in Geneva at a roundtable hosted by the Australian Mission to the United Nations. The report was also presented to United Nations staff.
Tides of violence: mapping the Sri Lankan conflict from 1983 to 2009 was produced by the Public Interest Advocacy Centre’s Conflict Mapping and Archive Project (CMAP) and launched in May. It details thousands of examples of reported human rights violations in Sri Lanka during the conflict.
The report was well received at the roundtable, with attendees acknowledging it was the first major piece of work to be produced on Sri Lanka since the UN investigation report in 2015.
‘In the ten years since the conflict ended, alleged violations of human rights and international law remain largely unaddressed, as do the underlying tensions that contributed to the conflict,’ said Transitional Justice Program Director, Daniela Gavshon.
‘The report makes clear the need for a comprehensive transitional justice process in Sri Lanka to address the past. It shows the complexity of the conflict, the multitude of violations and the long period of suffering for the Sri Lankan people.