by Virginia Leary, International Commission of Jurists, 1981, with a supplement 1981-1983
The analysis she made of the ethnic conflict is still valid and provides the necessary back ground to understand the recent grave outbursts between the Singhalese and Tamil communities.
The report contains the following Chapters:
- Ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka
- Violence in Sri Lanka
- Government efforts to cope with racial conflict and violence
- Prevention of Terrorism Act
- International norms
A supplement has been prepared by the staff of the International Commission of Jurists which brings up to date the relevant legislation and traces the incidence of terrorist violence and counter violence since Prof. Leary’s mission.
Some of the information has been taken from a report by Mr. Tim Moore, Honorary Treasurer of the Australian Section of the International Commission of Jurists. He visited Sri Lanka to attend a trial of two priests arrested under the Prevention of Terrorism Act. As the trial was postponed, he took the opportunity to enquire into ethnic violence and other problems relating to the Rule of Law.