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“All human beings are born free and equal

in dignity and rights.”

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Sri Lanka: The Path Forward for Accountability, Peace and Reconciliation

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 1:30pm
385 Russell Senate Office Building


Sri Lanka continues to recover from a decades-long civil war in which well documented human rights violations, and perhaps war crimes occurred. Six years have passed since the end of the war, and Sri Lanka has yet to establish a credible accountability mechanism to review atrocities committed and work toward true reconciliation. The international community now has a critical role to play in supporting Sri Lanka’s efforts toward accountability, and the findings of an upcoming United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) report on Sri Lanka will propose a path forward for justice. This briefing will explore the possible findings of the UNHRC report, and what the United States can do to support accountability efforts in Sri Lanka.

Hosted by:

The Senate Human Rights Caucus                         The Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission
Co-Chair Senator Mark Kirk                                    Co-Chair Rep. Joseph R. Pitts
Co-Chair Senator Chris Coons                                 Co-Chair Rep. James P. McGovern



  • Susan Hayward, Director, Religion and Inclusive Societies, USIP
  • Callum Macrae, Director of “No Fire Zone: Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields"
  • Damian Murphy, Senior Professional Staff Member, Senate Foreign Relations Committee


  • Scott Gilmore, Center for Justice and Accountability


114th Congress