Sri Lanka: The Road to Reconciliation – 101 East
With a final report on the civil war due, we ask if Sri Lanka’s ethnic communities are more divided than ever.
Since Sri Lanka ended a long-running civil war in May 2009, the country has attracted new tourists and trade.
But critics say Sri Lanka’s ethnic communities appear more divided than ever with the risk of further conflict.
Former Tamil Tiger combatants returning home from military-run rehabilitation camps are finding the military still have a pervasive presence in their lives.
Meanwhile the government has been criticised for commissioning a report into the final years of the civil war by those who say it does not have the power to investigate war crimes. The report is to be released to the government this month.
But groups like ‘Sri Lanka Unites’ see a positive future for the country. The youth movement promotes peace and reconciliation by travelling across Sri Lanka to bring ethnic groups together.