Discussion: Minority Rights and ‘Internal’ Self-Determination

Demands for minority protection and the right to self-determination have been the defining features of Sri Lanka’s ethnic conflict as well as its post-independence debates on state-reform. Over the past decades, successive governments have been confronted with the challenge of recognizing the need to accommodate, in some form, the Tamil

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November 10, 2017 - 3:30 pm

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November 10, 2017 - 5:30 pm

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Centre for the Study of Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Colombo   View map

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Demands for minority protection and the right to self-determination have been the defining features of Sri Lanka’s ethnic conflict as well as its post-independence debates on state-reform. Over the past decades, successive governments have been confronted with the challenge of recognizing the need to accommodate, in some form, the Tamil demand for self-determination, as well as the call for protection by different ethnic and religious groups.

The panel presentations/discussion will examine the following points:
– the conceptual framework governing the right to self-determination, and ‘internal’ self-determination;
– the right to self-determination in Sri Lanka, and the varied ways in which the concept has been understood and promoted;
– the recent ‘6th Amendment case’, and its implications for minority protection, democratic practice and the future of Constitutional reform within a plurinational state.

Panelists:

Dr. Kalana Senaratne

Mr. Niran Ankitell

Dr. Asanga Welikala

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