The thirty-year civil war in the island nation of Sri Lanka and the human rights abuses that took place continue to haunt Sri Lanka on the world stage. After leaders of India, Canada and Mauritius boycotted the Commonwealth summit in the country due to its human rights record, the government announced it will conduct its first census to calculate “human and property damages” from the war. In 2012, the UN said that Sri Lanka was second in the world (behind Iraq) in terms of unresolved missing persons. In the last months of the civil war alone, tens of thousands of civilians are thought to have been slaughtered.
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