The treatment of former combatants in post-war Sri Lanka

A form of arbitrary detention or rehabilitation?

Authored by: Ambika Satkunanathan

Routledge Handbook of Human Rights in Asia

Print publication date:  December  2018
Online publication date:  December  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138855700
eBook ISBN: 9781315720180
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This chapter, which is based on interviews with those identified as former LTTE combatants, their families and lawyers representing persons detained under national security laws, aims to map the violations these persons experienced from the point of arrest or surrender to their release from government-run rehabilitation centres and their post-release status. The chapter begins by setting out the national security framework, particularly the laws relating to those categorised as former combatants, to identify the provisions as well as legislative gaps that enabled the violation of rights of persons termed as surrendees by the law. It thereafter focuses on the rehabilitation process, and concludes with a description of the post-release context, including how the context itself led to further violation of the rights of the rehabilitees.

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