connections / September 10, 2012
Awaiting News: Disappearances & its impact on families
On the 30th of August, the world and Sri Lanka marked the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, with events taking place in several parts calling for justice for the victims and their families.
Disappearances is not a new phenomena in Sri Lanka and it’s prevalence is linked to the culture of impunity which have allowed disappearances-a crime against humanity to go unchecked and very little in the form of investigations being carried out.
On this report however we move away from the circumstances that led to the disappearances and look at the impact it has on loved ones.
In Prison for reasons Political?
On this report we revisit the issue of some of those prisoners who have been imprisoned for long periods without any charges being leveled against them or are among those who surrendered to the government forces during the last phase of the armed conflict in 2009. We hear views on whether they can be categorized as “Political Prisoners” and look into the specific problems they face in detention.
2011 Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee on Post-war Recovery (Full Interview)
2011 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Leymah Gbowee joins us on Connections to share her views on Reconciliation in Liberia and Sri Lanka. She discussed amongst other things the series of instruments introduced at a national level for reconciliation, the importance of addressing the past and issues of justice and the disbanding of the National army following the end of the war.
Mediated- An Exhibition of Data through Art
An Art Exhibition at the Saskia Fernando Gallery in Colombo that communicates aspects from constitutional theory, economics, social polling and writings on religion through art. The exhibition is curated by Sanjana Hattotuwa and will be open till the 15th of September 2012.