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The Committee Against Torture (CAT), a UN panel that monitors the international implementation of the UN Convention against Torture, has revealed that torture and abductions are ongoing under the Sri Lankan government. The allegations are contained in a report released by CAT early this month.  
 

Today, however, with the civil war ended and the tsunami a fading — still traumatic — memory, the east is finally opening up to tourism. While Sri Lanka's southwest coast starts to strain under the pressure of doubling tourist numbers and rapacious development, the resort's smattering of new resorts and improved road access have grown to offer a beguiling alternative. And so Lucy had come back, this time with me and our two young kids, following a growing number who are drawn toward the island's less-traveled coasts in pursuit of sanctuary.

 
 

A United Nations committee has expressed concern that "white van" abductions and "brutal" torture of Tamils have continued in Sri Lanka even though more than seven years have passed since the civil war between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) ended in the island nation.

 

Unfortunately, the government has yet to deal with high-level corruption and there are concerns that it won’t ever adequately address this problem. To make matters worse, the Sirisena administration hasn’t addressed a major corruption scandal that occurred on its watch.

 
Sri Lanka’s internal war which ended in May 2009, had cost the country around US$ 200 billion. About deaths, the veteran Indian diplomat turned security expert says that between 1983 and 2009, 80,000 to 100,000 people, including combatants from both sides, lost their lives. Among them were 30,000 to 50,000 civilians, 27,693 LTTE cadres, 23,790 Sri Lankan army personnel, and 1,155 men of the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF).    
 

In a recently released report, the United Nations Committee Against Torture expressed deep concern over evidence it has found for ongoing instances of torture in Sri Lanka.

 

MPs are usually invited to weddings in their constituencies. They attend funerals as well. The proposed allowance is to be used for giving wedding gifts and making donations for funerals, Prime Minister told Parliament on Monday 28 November proposing an allowance of Rs.100,000 per month for Parliamentarians. He stressed that this allowance was not an increase on their take home pay. 

 

Sri Lanka, then known as Ceylon, was ruled by Britain from 1815 to 1948, when it regained independence. Although the rebellion – which broke out in 1817 and continued through guerrilla warfare into 1818 – was quashed after the British brought in extra troops from India, at various points the men succeeded in taking temporary control of important strategic sites, including Kandy, the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings.

 

Sri Lanka’s east coast, running from Trincomalee in the north to the grasslands of Yala in the south, has good reason to feel optimistic about the future. Twelve years ago, when my partner Lucy visited the region on a teaching exchange, her minibus had to pass through dozens of army checkpoints to get anywhere near this region. The Tamil insurgency, which blighted Sri Lanka for nearly 30 years, made travel hazardous. A few months later, the east was devastated along with much of the south coast by the Boxing Day tsunami. The natural disaster claimed 40,000 lives on the island alone.

 
A recent delegation to China led by Sri Lanka’s former president Mahinda Rajapaksa warned that there may be public unrest if China carries out a new plan to create a 15,000 acre special economic zone in Sri Lanka’s remote Hambantota district. Together with the former External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris, the delegation personally delivered their doomsday message in Beijing, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen.  

 

 


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