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Commission for compensating political reprisal and the future of reconciliation

Priyantha Karunarathna President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa appointed a three-member Presidential Commission to look into alleged political victimization of public servants during the period from January 8, 2015, to November 16, 2019. The Commission was chaired by retired Supreme Court Judge Upali Abeyratne and comprises Retired Appeal Court Judge Daya Chandrasiri Jayatilleka and
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A Father, a Lover, and a War

Nimal Abeysinghe Army soldiers were war heroes for the Sinhalese, and Tamil rebels were heroes for the Tamils during the 30- year-long civil war in Sri Lanka. There was a bitter dispute between the majority Sinhala and minority Tamil communities. A friend of mine in the Army told me two stories that proved the kind-heartedness […]
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The Reality of Reconciliation in the Face of Disaster

Nimal Abeysinghe There is no other law more powerful than nature to teach lessons to humankind. Nature’s lessons come in the form of disasters such as diseases, floods, and droughts. Nature affects everyone equally, without a religious or racial difference. The closest and best example for this is the Covid-19 pandemic, which we are experiencing […]
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The Heartless Body of War and Deserted Arugam Bay

Kapilakumara Kalinga Memories of wartime: Arugam Bay was not depopulated this much even during the war, but the coronavirus pandemic has been more brutal to Arugam Bay. Anyone who visits Arugambay feels sorry now. I have been to Arugam Bay before, with my foreign and local friends, family, and even by myself for work and […]
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When Media Goes Against Reconciliation

Jude R. Muthukuda Among many factors that affect peace and reconciliation in Sri Lanka, the media contribute immensely to conflicts among Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim people. Some spread mal information devised to create conflicts, while many others are fake news, posted either knowingly or unknowingly.  Journalists are bound to report responsibly without causing conflicts