Sri Lankan Presidential Elections

On November 17th, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa was announced as the new president of Sri Lanka. A man who conducted mass atrocities against the country’s minorities has just taken up the highest office. In this episode, our guest, Dr Thamil Venthan Ananthavinayagam, discusses the election result and what it means going ahead in terms of security, economy and human rights accountability. Dr Thamil is a lecturer for international humanitarian and international criminal law at Griffith College Dublin. He recently published “Sri Lanka, Human Rights and the United Nations” in which he provides an explanation for the limited impact of international human rights engagement on the Sri Lankan human rights infrastructure. We hope to bring you a critical analysis of the election campaigns and insight into the future of Sri Lanka.