Perspectives: Reflecting on five decades of sexual and reproductive health and rights in Sri Lanka
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Perspectives: Reflecting on five decades of sexual and reproductive health and rights in Sri Lanka

In her introduction to Perspectives (which I wrote for the United Nations Population Fund to mark 50 years of their work in Sri Lanka) Ritsu Nacken the County Representative for UNFPA Sri Lanka explains what the publication sets out to do: “This year, 2019, marks two important milestones in the field of reproductive health globally: 50 years … Continue reading

A Living Memorial: Remembering Neelan Tiruchelvam
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A Living Memorial: Remembering Neelan Tiruchelvam

July 29, 1999. Vasuki Nesiah was on her way to meet Neelan Tiruchelvam when she heard he would not be able to keep their appointment. As his course assistant, Vasuki had been working with Neelan, helping him to prepare for a constitutional law class that considered how the Tamil epic Silapadikaram and the Greek tragedy Antigone could be ‘sources’ … Continue reading

Resettlements in Colombo: Going up in life or coming down?
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Resettlements in Colombo: Going up in life or coming down?

When Dr. Asha Abeyasekera spoke to a woman named Rojani in 2018, she heard that Rojani’s family had lived in 219 Watte since the 1950s. Rojani’s father had even been given a house-ownership card, issued by then President Premadasa’s government. “She had this whole file, though she was illiterate, she had kept these documents and … Continue reading

Sri Lankan-American winner of a Genius Grant champions immigrant children
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Sri Lankan-American winner of a Genius Grant champions immigrant children

When Ahilan Arulanantham heard that the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation had named him a recipient of the $625,000 “Genius Grant,” one of the first things he thought about was how much he would like to spend some of it on supporting human rights work in Sri Lanka. Since the announcement was made … Continue reading

£417k study to improve research ethics in humanitarian crises
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£417k study to improve research ethics in humanitarian crises

Sitting among the members of a displaced community in Puttalam a few years ago, Dr. Chesmal Siriwardhana found himself thinking about the ethical problems around health research. To get to this point – where he was able to meet people who had been driven out of their homes by the LTTE, had been displaced for … Continue reading