The Chronic and the Acute: Post-War Religious Violence in Sri Lanka

The International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES) and Equitas (the International Centre for Human Rights Education in Montreal) is pleased to invite you to the launch of a study on Freedom of Religion and Belief on 1st December at 10 a.m. at the Hilton Colombo Residences, 200 Union Place, Colombo 2.

Madam Chandrika Kumaratunge, Chairperson, Office of National Unity & Reconciliation, Shelly Whiting, Canadian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka, and Gehan Gunatilleke, author of the report, will speak at the launch. Dr. Farzana Haniffa, from the University of Colombo, will moderate the discussion.

The study, ‘The Chronic and the Acute: Post-War Religious Violence in Sri Lanka’,

examines the different types of religious attacks and the perpetrators involved; the legal and institutional framework pertaining to religious freedom in Sri Lanka; the socio-cultural, economic and political contexts in which religious violence occurred in Sri Lanka, and the roles that mainstream and social media played in promoting certain discourses relating to religious freedom and religious violence.  The concluding section offers key observations and recommendations pertaining to religious freedom and religious violence.

This study is part of a project on religious harmony and inter-faith dialogue that

ICES and Equitas have been implementing over the past two years. Through research, dialogue, education, and community interventions, this project has sought to enhance understanding between and amongst different religious groups in Sri Lanka, promote social harmony, and foster inter-ethnic and inter-religious coexistence.

Please confirm in advance by phone or email to Kethaki on 0773 517094 or

speech by the Canadian High Commissioner

ICES – Equitas .Research Report (PDF)