Sri Lanka: Women’s Insecurity in the North and East, International Crisis Group, 20 December 2011
‘’Women in Sri Lanka’s predominantly Tamil-speaking north and east are facing a desperate lack of security in the aftermath of the long civil war. .... Militarisation and the government’s refusal to devolve power or restore local civilian administration in the north and east have directly contributed to this complex societal distress. .....''
‘’The allocation for Defence continues to grow each year, even after the war has ended and for this year and next year the budgetary allocation reaches 230 billion rupees’’ - .Most serious problem faced by people in the North-East on a day to day basis is that of militarisation, Parliamentary address by M.A.Sumanthiran, MP, 21 December 2011
Submission by Harim Peiris to Lessons Learnt Reconciliation Commission, 7 October 2010: ‘’ We may have united the nation geographically, but remain polarized ethno-socially. It is not possible to simultaneously argue the need to maintain Emergency Law, the need for war time levels of defence expenditure and deployment of a network of security installations in the North not found anywhere else in the country and still maintain that the Tamil people are not alienated from the Sri Lankan State.''
POSITIVE CHANGES NEED TO BE SUPPORTED BY PROPER PROCESSES, National Peace Council of Sri Lanka, 28 November 2011: ‘’One of the most disappointing features of the present is the absence of a clear break with the country’s violent past.''