Sri Lanka, Nine Years After the War
By Human Rights Watch - Fri May 18, 12:01 am
A woman holds up an image of her family member who disappeared during the civil war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) at a silent protest to commemorate thethe International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances in Colombo, Sri Lanka , August 30, 2016.
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The images are vivid. Soldiers standing over the body of the brutal leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) separatist insurgency, who was for so long considered invincible.
Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was president at that time, kissing the ground in gratitude for the end of a 27-year-long war that resulted in hundreds of thousands killed, injured, or displaced.
On May 19, 2009, there was general elation in Sri Lanka that the fighting was over.
The government’s victory, however, had come at the cost of serious violations of the laws of war by both sides….