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Sri Lanka's new government and the possibility of justice


Sri Lanka’s new president, Maithripala Sirisena, has promised to break from the Rajapaksa regime's rule with a 100 day plan of widely welcomed reforms that will ensure good governance, rule of law and judicial independence. However the new government is yet to address the country’s most significant issue in Sri Lanka – that of accountability and justice for wartime mass atrocities in which tens of thousands of Tamils died in the cataclysmic end of the war, and the rights abuses during and after the war.
As the surprise at the sudden collapse of the Rajapaksa regime begins to fade, focus is again on this issue, not least as the landmark UN inquiry launched in March 2014 is to report in two months at the next session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

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