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  Ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka is an ongoing conflict between the majority Sinhalese and minority Sri Lankan Tamils on the island-nation of Sri Lanka.
The foreign minister of Sri Lanka, Lakshman Kadirgamar, was killed by a sniper on August 15, 2005.
On February 7, 2006, Sri Lanka's government and the LTTE agreed to peace talks in Geneva definitively on February 22 and February 23.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Ethnic_conflict_in_Sri_Lanka   (3637 words)

The history of ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka is the history of emergence of consciousness among the majority community, the Sinhala, which defined the Sri Lanka society as Sinhala-Buddhist, thus denying its multi-ethnic character.
The conflict had become significant factor in the politics of Tamilnadu and it was necessary that its influence on the inflammatory Tamil separatist tendencies be minimized.
Sri Lanka has had to acknowledge that her foreign relations have to be conducted in such a way as to pose no threat to her far more powerful neighbour.
www.infolanka.com /org/srilanka/issues/kumari.html   (7505 words)

 ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka
The Sri Lanka Tamil minority is an achievement-oriented, industrious group who still continue to enjoy high status in society, considerable influence in the economy, a significant if diminishing role in the bureaucracy and is well placed in all levels of the education system.
Changes in university admissions policy have contributed substantially and dramatically to the sharp deterioration of ethnic relations in Sri Lanka in the last three decades, and to radicalising the politics of the Tamil areas in the north and east of the island.
On the basis of the empirical evidence from Sri Lanka it would be true to say that the ethnic tensions have generally occurred whenever governments have either totally disregarded, or paid less attention than they should have, to the legitimate interests and concerns of minorities.
asiarecipe.com /sriethnic.html   (2183 words)

 Ethnic Conflict and the Impact on the Dry Zone of Sri
Sri Lanka has experienced decades of war due to the ongoing ethnic conflict between the majority Sinhalese and the minority Sri Lanka Tamils.
There are conflicting reports as to whether there has been longstanding ethnic conflict between the two groups or whether it is relatively recent.
The Sri Lankan government controlled by the Sinhalese majority responded by inflicting horrible atrocities upon the Tamils, whether or not they were even involved in the terrorism.
www.american.edu /TED/ice/lanka-conflict.htm   (2836 words)

 WWW Virtual Library Sri Lanka: Ethnic Conflict, Civil War and politics
But 55 years later, Sri Lanka is locked in never-ending political turmoil, its economy ruined by two decades of armed conflict and consequential devastating impact on life.
Sri Lanka is a country where presidents are sworn in and governments are sacked at astrologically auspicious times.
Sri Lanka's arms dealers, a shadowy bunch of politicians, servicemen, bureaucrats and their relatives and friends, who conclude multi-million-dollar deals nearly every day pocketing hefty commissions are the only beneficiaries of the intensified military campaign against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
www.lankalibrary.com /pol.html   (1420 words)

 Women in Action (3:1999) | Women and Peace in Sri Lanka - Sunila Abeysekera   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
The ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka is one of the world’s forgotten wars.
The conflict has seen the long-term engagement of the security forces of the Sri Lankan government with members of armed Tamil militant groups, as well as brutal massacres, ethnic riots and large-scale attacks on civilian populations living away from conflict zones with bombings happening in public places and in public transport, for example.
In the case of Sri Lanka, because of the nature of the conflict, we also need to be able to deconstruct the term “woman” into the separate ethnic, religious and linguistic communities that are involved in the conflict in order to decipher the totality of a woman’s experience.
www.isiswomen.org /pub/wia/wia399/pea00002.html   (3947 words)

 Ethnic Conflict in Sri Lanka: A Political Dead End? - Urmila Phadnis
On the ethnic front, for instance, consequent to the decade-old Tamil demand for the creation of Eelam, a separate state in the northern and eastern provinces, the internal war between the Tamil insurgents and the Sinhalese-dominated military has intensified, engulfing, at times, other parts of the country as well.
Underlying the ethnic conflict are the challenges of participation and integration in a civic society that has been politically volatile as well as competitive, economically maldeveloped, ethnically diverse, and highly youthful - more than two-thirds of its people are below the age of 25.
Covering an area of 25,232 square miles, Sri Lanka has a population of over 15 million, comprised of Sinhalese from north India who claim Dravidian descent (18 percent), Moors (7 percent), and burghers, Malays, etc. (1 percent).
www.worldandi.com /specialreport/1986/august/Sa10220.htm   (329 words)

 TIME Asia | War and the Willow | 2/9/98
If the ethnic conflict destroyed Sri Lanka's reputation as a palm-fringed paradise, the performance of its cricket team over the last two years has bruised another long-held belief: that the islanders are a bunch of perennial losers.
Sri Lanka's stylish cricketers not only beat favored Australia in March 1996 to win the last World Cup, but have since gone on to win four more international tournaments.
Sri Lanka has produced talented cricketers in the past, but it was only in 1995, after a coach and a physiotherapist were brought in from Australia, that the athletes were molded into a physically fit and internationally competitive team.
www.time.com /time/magazine/1998/int/980209/cricket.html   (779 words)

 Study of Economic Cost of Ethnic Conflict in Sri Lanka   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
The causes and effects of ethnic conflicts have been studied in various countries from various academic disciplinary perspectives - anthropology, political science and sociology.
Thus, the study of economic causes and effects of ethnic conflicts have been submerged into other theoretical perspectives such as ethnology, nationalism, racial studies, etc. Hitherto only passing references to the economic causes and effects of ethnic conflicts have been made and just a cursory attention accorded.
Therefore, the proposed study is expected to fill this void by undertaking a systematic and comprehensive study of the economic causes and effects of ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka.
www.icescolombo.org /Research/Other/SECEC-SL   (151 words)

 Role of International Community in Sri Lanka Conflict - Brian Wolfe
The response of the international community to the dramatic changes in Sri Lanka over the past 12 months has continued to be tempered by an analysis diplomats made immediately after the election of the PA Government in 1994.
It must be noted,that while both parties to the conflict continue to make public statements about their willingness to negotiate, neither the Sri Lankan Government nor the LTTE have formally accepted any of the overtures from foreign governments to facilitate a new series of peace talks.
Whatever the assessment of the current policies of the warring parties, it is clear that the majority of the international community have decided to remove Sri Lanka from the international agenda and to relegate the armed conflict to the status of a forgotten war.
www.tamilnation.org /conferences/cnfAU96/Wolfe.html   (1656 words)

 Talk:Ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
According to the Sri Lankan Department of Census and Statistics (warning PDF), the total numbers for Sri Lanka's census only include the 18 districts where the census could be carried out.
But the really interesting thing about Sri Lanka is how a country that was on its way to be the first third-world country to enter the developed world, could fail so miserably.
But we were, then, at the SLMM article, and that was, for the sake of being an Encyclopedic resource, not meant to address, the Ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka which was a different article in itself.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Talk:Ethnic_conflict_in_Sri_Lanka   (4865 words)

 Sri Lanka Politics - One of the best blogs on the net
It is, however, admitted that the conflict in Sri Lanka is extremely complicated and intractable for any third party to facilitate, as the conflicting parties increasingly show that they are incapable or not interested in resolving the issues among themselves.
It is not merely because Japan has been the main donor to Sri Lanka since mid 1980s and her monies, mainly come in the form of soft loans, are at stake.
Whether Sri Lanka is headed by a Rajapakse, a Bandaranaike or a Wickremasinghe is not a matter for them and it is a matter very clearly for the people of Sri Lanka.
www.srilankapolitics.blogspot.com   (13855 words)

 rediff.com: G Parthasarathy on Sri Lanka's ethnic conflict   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
He also expects the Sri Lankan government to lift the ban on the LTTE and end its blockade of areas to be controlled by the LTTE, before negotiations commence.
Full cooperation should be extended to the Sri Lankan government to ensure that the LTTE remains a declared international terrorist organisation, subjected to all measures and sanctions envisaged in UN Security Council Resolution 1373.
Swami Vigyanand is said to have visited northeast Sri Lanka with the concurrence and support of the LTTE on around 10 occasions since 1999.
www.rediff.com /news/2002/apr/24gp.htm   (1303 words)

 Asean News Network: Ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
TULF was a coalition of Tamil parties who went on to campaign in the 1977 elections for an independent state for Tamils in Sri Lanka.
This is usually taken as the beginning of the ethnic conflict.
In response to this last bombing, the Sri Lankan government outlawed the LTTE and with some success pressed other governments around the world to do the same, significantly interfering with their fund-raising activities.
www.aseannewsnetwork.com /2002/02/ethnic-conflict-in-sri-lanka.html   (1663 words)

 The Asia Foundation
The Asia Foundation's program in Sri Lanka supports local efforts to strengthen democracy, human rights, and access to justice; manage and resolve conflict; promote greater citizen participation in policymaking and governance; and promote private enterprise policy reform.
Since 1983, Sri Lanka's civil war has claimed a terrible toll in lives and in damage to the economy.
The Foundation supported psychosocial services that enabled Sri Lankans who have suffered as a result of the tsunami to cope with grief and loss and begin to achieve a level of emotional and mental well-being that will enable them to move on with their lives.
www.asiafoundation.org /Locations/srilanka.html   (1183 words)

 Library of Congress / Federal Research Division / Country Studies / Area Handbook Series/ Sri Lanka / Bibliography
Education in Sri Lanka, 1948-1985: An Analysis of the Structure and a Critical Survey of the Literature.
Wiswa Warnapala, W.A. Recent Politics in Sri Lanka: The Presidential Election and the Referendum of 1982: A Study of Electoral Practice and Behaviour in an Asian Democracy.
Leary, Virginia, A. Ethnic Conflict and Violence in Sri Lanka.
lcweb2.loc.gov /frd/cs/sri_lanka/lk_bibl.html   (4352 words)

 TIGERS IN THE TEARDROP   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
While holding correctly that it is not in India’s interest to divide Sri Lanka into two nations, it has also never been able to ignore with equanimity the problems faced by the Tamils of Sri Lanka, due to the passions it created in Tamil Nadu, if not for anything else.
The peace process in Sri Lanka is on, raising hope both in India and Sri Lanka that there could be an enduring peace between the two communities with Tamils getting their due rights in a unified country.
A stable Sri Lanka with India enjoying a relationship of trust and affection with both the communities in Sri Lanka is in the interest of India’s security.
www.saag.org /papers9/paper816.html   (1226 words)

 Creating Peace in Sri Lanka by Robert I. Rotberg, Editor   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
While the different papers deal with the socio-economic, ethico-religious, and related aspects of the conflict, the work as a whole is distinctive in its orientation toward a solution.
Sri Lanka, one of the most promising states in Asia following independence in 1948, has been torn apart for the past fifteen years by a vicious civil war.
The Sinhala, in turn, fear that the Tamils, with the backing of their ethnic kin in the Indian province of Tamil Nadu, will destabilize and take over control of the Sri Lankan government.
www.brook.edu /PRESS/books/clientpr/Wpf/peace.htm   (362 words)

 Blowback: Linguistic Nationalism, Institutional Decay, and Ethnic Conflict in Sri Lanka - Neil Devotta
As a result, the movement to replace English as the country’s official language with Sinhala and Tamil (the language of Sri Lanka's principal minority) was abandoned, and Sinhala became the sole official language in 1956.
DeVotta argues that this linguistic nationalism among Sri Lanka's majority Sinhalese community influenced numerous laws and practices, leading officially representative agencies of government to cater to Sinhalese preferences and to disregard minority interests.
The subsequent "institutional decay"—the degeneration of previously neutral state institutions—DeVotta argues, was responsible for the minority Tamils' unleashing a gruesome ethnic war.
www.tamilnation.org /books/eelam/devotta2.htm   (437 words)

 Lanka Peace Process | Ethnic Conflict in Sri Lanka
With Ranil Wickramasinghe gaining control over Sri Lanka after winning a Parliamentary majority in December 2001, the peace possibilities in Lanka has had a fresh lease of life.
The Sri Lankan peace process that has been deadlocked for over 8 months has now been taken back to the negotiating table by the Norway team.
The Sri Lanka-LTTE stand off that has continued for years, with untold violence unleashed on innocent lives, seems to have regained hopes of resolving under the Wickramasinghe regime.
news.indiainfo.com /spotlight/lanka-peace   (1182 words)

 Derechos: Human Rights in Sri Lanka
The reports here bring some light into the situation of Sri Lanka, we caution you, however, to read the materials with a critical eye and be on the look for potential bias.
Friends of Sri Lanka in the U.S. Kalaya - news & analysis from a Sinhala nationalist point of view
The Society for Unity, Peace and Rehabilitation of Sri Lanka
www.derechos.org /saran/lanka   (278 words)

 The forgotten ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka
The international perception appears to be that the Tamils in Sri Lanka should simply accept what the Sinhala majority is prepared to concede, surviving on the mercy of this hostile majority.
Professor Virginia Leary of the International Commission of Jurists, in her report “Ethnic Conflict and Violence in Sri Lanka” of 1981, stated: “The application of the principle of self-determination in concrete cases is difficult.
The international community should call on the Sri Lankan government to cease all military operations and withdraw its troops from civilian areas, lift the embargo on food, medicine and other essential items to the north and parts of the east, accept third party facilitation and, jointly with LTTE, develop a comprehensive peace plan.
www.greenleft.org.au /back/1997/273/273p20.htm   (1266 words)

 InfoSurance Links Library
The official site provides information on the peace talks between the government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), news, a picture board, agreements, facts and figures, and information on the international support the island receives.
This site provides brief information on the key events in Sri Lanka's Tamil separatist war from 1972 to the present.
Sri Lankan Information Center offering news about the country's ethnic conflict.
www.isn.ethz.ch /infosurance/index.cfm?Parent=340   (247 words)

 Journal of Buddhist Ethics
Bath Conference on 'Buddhism and Conflict in Sri Lanka' (Conference website)
"The Role of the Sangha in the Conflict of Sri Lanka" By Professor Asanga Tilakaratne [view]
"Response to Professor Asanga Tilakaratne's Paper 'The Role of the Sangha in the Conflict in Sri Lanka'" By Dr. Elizabeth J. Harris [view]
www.jbe.gold.ac.uk /bath-conf.html   (354 words)

 IFE PsychologIA - Vol. 8, No. 2 (2000)
Tamil Refugees and Ethnic Conflict in Sri Lanka.
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www.ajol.info /viewarticle.php?id=13470   (41 words)

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