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Feb 22, 2013

Sri Lankan government’s ‘constitutional coup’ stirs ICG censure

A new report on Sri Lanka -- by the International Crisis Group -- deplores the country's "authoritarian turn" and says the attacks on dissenters threaten long-term stability and peace in the nation.

Professor Damien Kingsbury

Crikey international affairs commentator

Hot on the heels of the revelation that Sri Lankan soldiers murdered the 12-year-old son of Tamil Tiger leader Prabhakaran in cold blood and last week’s shooting of a journalist in Colombo, the International Crisis Group has released a report deploring what it calls Sri Lanka’s “authoritarian turn”. The ICG report calls for international action to halt the Sri Lankan government’s erosion of democracy and its recent “constitutional coup”.

The ICG report says that the Sri Lankan government has made no meaningful progress on accountability for war crimes that occurred during the conclusion of its war against the Tamil Tigers in 2009. “Instead,” it said, the Sri Lankan government “has accelerated the country’s authoritarian turn, with attacks on the judiciary and political dissent that threaten long-term stability and peace”.

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3 thoughts on “Sri Lankan government’s ‘constitutional coup’ stirs ICG censure

  1. shepherdmarilyn

    Australia is actively conspiring with the criminals in SRi Lanka to force refugees to stay home and be abused and killed.

  2. Joel

    Clearly a paradise on earth – why would anyone want to flee, except for economic reasons?

  3. shepherdmarilyn

    Now we have Sinhala cricketers here being co-opted into adverts to tell asylum seekers not to come here for help.

    Honest to god, our pollies have lost the plot. We do not own the borders of other countries and we don’t own the seas.

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