Sri Lanka's Democratic Transition: A New Era for the U.S.-Sri Lanka Relationship, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, Second Session, June 9, 2016 [open pdf - 1MB]
This is the June 9, 2016 hearing on "Sri Lanka's Democratic Transition: A New Era for the U.S.-Sri Lanka Relationship," held before the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific of the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs. From the testimony of Lisa Curtis: "There has been a rapid turnaround in U.S.-Sri Lankan relations in the past 18 months since President Maithripala Sirisena took power. The passage of the nineteenth amendment that curbed the powers of the presidency just a little over a year ago was a milestone on the path back to democracy. Indeed, the democratic reform process is enabling our countries to improve relations and Sri Lanka continues to be important for its geographic position at the maritime crossroads of Asia and the Middle East. The results of the parliamentary elections that were held in August 2015 further raised hopes that the country would continue down a path of reform and reconciliation. [...] The government has vowed to adopt a new constitution that abolishes the executive presidency, adopts electoral reform and strengthens provincial devolution. Despite all of these positive steps, there remains concerns within the Tamil activist community that the human rights reform process is beginning to stall. One contentious issue is whether there will be foreign judges on the panel to investigate human rights abuses." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Lisa Curtis, Kara L. Bue, and Nimmi Gowrinathan.
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