Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 16: Sri Lanka: Post War but not Post Conflict Open Access
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The civil war in Sri Lanka between government forces and the Tamil Tigers, or Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) came to an end in May 2009. However, while the war may have ended, the conflict continues. The distinction between post war and post conflict was made clear by Mr. Jayaprakash Tissainayagam at a discussion entitled "Sri Lanka: Post War but not Post Conflict" held by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies on December 4, 2012. Mr. Tissainayagam is a Reagan Fascell Democracy Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy. He is a seasoned journalist who in 2009 was sentenced to 20 years' imprisonment for criticizing the Sri Lankan government's handling of its war against the LTTE and released two years later only after an international outcry. He was named an Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience in 2008 and received the Reporters without Borders' Peter Mackler Award for Ethical and Courageous Journalism in 2009.