Trend Lines, 8 February 2013 - “The international community has consistently been behind the curve when it comes to Sri Lanka,” Keenan said. Just as it took outside powers “a long time to wake up to just how serious the problem was” during the civil war, he explained, as long as the international community does not pressure the Rajapaksas to change course, “the situation in Sri Lanka is likely to continue to deteriorate.”
by Daniel Kitts, The Agenda, TVO, Tuesday November 27, 2012 - The Agenda has done several on-air and online segments about Sri Lanka. The country suffered from a brutal, decades-long civil war driven by ethnic conflict between the majority Sinhalese and the minority Tamil populations. I spoke with Alan Keenan, Senior Analyst and Sri Lanka Project Director of the International Crisis Group about the report.
By Alan Keenan, CNN blog, 21 Nov 2012 - The ruling family needs to know that there will be a serious price to pay if they pursue the case against the chief justice. In particular, the Rajapaksas should know that pressure will increase at the U.N. human rights council when Sri Lanka’s compliance with a U.S.-sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka is considered again in March 2013. The politically-motivated impeachment of the chief justice undermines government claims to be implementing the council’s March 2012 resolution, which called, among other things, for strengthening independent institutions like the judiciary. With the next commonwealth heads of government meeting (CHOGM) slated for October 2013 in Sri Lanka, leaders of commonwealth nations have a particular responsibility, and opportunity. They need to follow the lead of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and announce in advance that they won’t be attending the next CHOGM unless the impeachment is abandoned and real progress is made to end Sri Lanka’s institutionalized impunity for human rights violations. Progress should include a credible investigation into the atrocities and mass civilian deaths at the end of Sri Lanka’s war in 2009.
by Linda Mottram, 702 ABC Sydney, 20/03/2012 - If Bob Carr is looking for a policy priority in his new job as Foreign Minister, the International Crisis Group says he should look at the atrocities allegedly committed by Sri Lanka against Tamil civilians at the end of the long and bloody civil war in the country in 2009. International Crisis Group senior analyst and Sri Lanka project director Alan Keenan told 702 Mornings from London that there was "very much" a war crimes case for Sri Lanka's government to answer, though Colombo has vigorously and repeated rejected such claims. He also said the bulk of the footage used by Channel Four was "reliable".
(VOA, April 13, 2011) - Alan Keenan is a senior analyst on Sri Lanka with the International Crisis Group. He says he hopes the U.N. experts will ratchet up international pressure to get answers.
Meenakshi Ganguly, South Asia director for Human Rights Watch, says she hopes the U.N. report will legitimize her group's accusations, which Sri Lanka has dismissed in the past as part of a conspiracy.