Sri Lankan Reconciliation and the Appropriation of Transitional Justice

  • Rachel Seoighe
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Compromise after Conflict book series (PSCAC)


This chapter turns to an examination of institutionalised responses to the End and the Sri Lankan state’s management of the ‘transition’ from war to peace. In the aftermath of the violence of Sri Lanka’s war, particularly the horror and trauma of the End, a struggle over the meaning and memory of that violence is underway. It is a site of contestation, denial and resistance, generating further conflicts between the Tamils and the state and local and international advocacy initiatives for justice and accountability. The ways in which different actors seek to draw meaning from the war, and impose order on that meaning, have implications for the prospect of peace and reconciliation in Sri Lanka. In Chap. 6, I demonstrate that Sri Lanka’s victor’s peace is a project of conflict transformation by political pacification and securitisation. Efforts to both institutionalise and contest that form of transformation, both locally and internationally, are addressed here. International demands for liberal reform are explicit, insistent and increasingly work in support of local Tamil claims. This chapter asks, in light of the current Tamil demands for justice and accountability in the face of erasure and persistent violence, what kind of ‘reconciliation’ can be generated?


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  • Rachel Seoighe
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  1. 1.Middlesex University, UKLondonUK

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