First Person

In the Tigers’ Lair

On March 31, 2011, the United Nations released a Report of the Secretary-General’s Panel of Experts on Accountability in Sri Lanka for war crimes allegedly committed by both the Sri Lankan military and the notorious Tamil Tigers in the last stages of the war over Tamil autonomy which had been waged for decades but ended in May 2009. The report concluded that there were “credible grounds” for believing that such war crimes had been committed. I read the report with increasing dismay, with personal reasons for distress. I had spent over six months in Sri Lanka in the period from…

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