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After the war the hard work begins in Sri Lanka

Creating Lasting Peace in Sri Lanka

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The Sri Lankan government says they are no minorities in the country.

Following the military defeated of the Tamil Tiger rebels in May this year after the government claims that they are building a united country and an honorable peace.

But after 30 years of bloody civil war between the Sinhalese and the ethnic Tamils the challenge to create lasting peace is huge.

Rebecca Henschke hears what different people in the capital Colombo think needs to be done in order to achieve this goal.


Last Updated ( Monday, 04 January 2010 09:54 )

Sri Lanka Calls for Tourism Development Boom

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The Sri Lankan government wants to rapidly develop their tourism industry following the end of the 30 year long civil war.

The President has set a target of 2.5 million visitors by 2016.

The end of the conflict has opened up the North and East of the country to international visitors.

Two-thirds of the coastline was formerly controlled by the Tamil Tiger rebels who were fighting for a separate homeland.

Rebecca Henschke, in the capital Colombo, takes a look at what the country has to offer.


Last Updated ( Monday, 23 November 2009 13:44 )

Living Under Close Scrutiny in Sri Lanka

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Fear of persecution at home is driving thousands of Tamil Sri Lankans to risk dangerous boat rides in the hope of gaining asylum in western countries.

Two separate boats carrying a total of over 300 Tamils were recently detained. They were trying to reach Australia and Canada.

The Tamil Tigers rebels or the LTTE lost a 30 year fight for a separate homeland for their community five months ago.

The Sri Lankan government insists there is no reason for Tamils to flee saying they are equal citizens and their rights will be respected.

Rebecca Henschke speaks with Tamils in the capital Colombo to hear if this promise is being kept.


Last Updated ( Monday, 23 November 2009 13:45 )