A Crisis of ‘Legal indeterminacy’ and State impunity

Kishali Pinto-Jayawardena, Kirsty Anantharajah

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Militarization, ethnic conflict and civil war are common perspectives
through which gender-based violence in Sri Lanka is traditionally
viewed (Tambiah 2004: 78).1
In the eyes of the world, the experience
of Sri Lankan women with sexual violence is principally considered
a product of war (Aroon 2009), a consequence of ethnic oppression,
or in terms of the wider context of conflict-related sexual violence
(UN Security Council 2015). Cases of sexual violence post war
are also often expressed in terms of a ‘continuation of the conflict
against the ethnic Tamil community’ (Sooka 2014: 62). Recent
studies on sexual violence in the context of conflict look at sexual
violence in the setting of Sri Lanka’s civil war and its aftermath as
a subset of torture (Sooka 2014, 2015). Other explorations of the
issue also follow suit (HRW 2013). These reports provide poignant
accounts of the stories of victims in their analyses of conflict-related
sexual violence.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe search for justice : the Sri Lanka papers
EditorsKishali Pinto-Jayawardena, Kumari Jayawardena
Place of PublicationNew Delhi
Number of pages134
ISBN (Print)9789385932069
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes


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