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Sri Lanka conflict BRI

Updated: Tue, 14 Oct 2014

Introduction

More than 100,000 people were killed in a quarter century of conflict between government troops and Tamil rebels fighting for a separate homeland.

The military declared victory over the rebels in May 2009, putting the entire island nation under government control for the first time since 1983.

Asia's longest modern war had its roots in ethnic tension between the Buddhist Sinhalese majority and the mainly Hindu Tamil minority who have accused successive governments of discrimination.

Although the fighting is over, the military are still deployed in large numbers in the country’s Tamil-dominated north, and tensions remain high.

Read the full briefing.

More than 100,000 people were killed in a quarter century of conflict between government troops and Tamil rebels fighting for a separate homeland.

The military declared victory over the rebels in May 2009, putting the entire island nation under government control for the first time since 1983.

Asia's longest modern war had its roots in ethnic tension between the Buddhist Sinhalese majority and the mainly Hindu Tamil minority who have accused successive governments of discrimination.

Although the fighting is over, the military are still deployed in large numbers in the country’s Tamil-dominated north, and tensions remain high.

Read the full briefing.