Can Sri Lanka ever achieve lasting peace | Inside Story | Sri Lanka


Religious tensions in Sri Lanka have risen as the country marks 10 years since the end of the civil war.

Hundreds of thousands of people were killed over 26 years as the government fought ethnic minority Tamils, who wanted to create their own state.

Just as stability was returning, attacks linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) on churches and hotels killed nearly 260 people on Easter Sunday.

Mosques and Muslim-owned businesses were burned down this week in revenge attacks.

The United Nations is warning the communal violence could undermine ongoing peace efforts.

So, can Sri Lanka achieve lasting peace?

Presenter: Folly Bah Thibault

Guests: Sudarshan Gunawardena – Adviser to the Sri Lankan prime minister and a former director of the Information Department

Thamil Ananthavinayagan – Lecturer in international law at Griffith College

Charu Lata Hogg – Associate fellow at Chatham House and chair of the board of trustees of the Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice

Source: Al Jazeera





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