—Building positive peace is the most important objective of the post-war peacebuilding process. Certain issues are being highlighted in the resettlement process in former war affected areas of the Northern and the Eastern provinces of Sri Lanka. Among those problems, the land issue is a significant and contentious one in the former war affected areas. Government sources point out that they have received 132,000 complaints related to lands and land ownership from the Northern and the Eastern provinces. 1The aim of this paper is to explore the nature of the land issue in the former conflict affected regions in Sri Lanka. Acquisition and forcible occupation of agricultural lands by the government or individuals are the core issues. The contemporary land issues of the Northern and the Eastern provinces can be identified as an outcome of the post-war security and development process as well as a consequence of the protracted civil war in the country. The government’s policy on post-war land issues should be re-examined soon, as those agricultural lands have great sentimental and historical value to the authentic owners, which far exceeds their market value.
—Post-war era, resettlement process, resettled families, encroached lands, agricultural lands, development projects
Osantha Nayanapriya Thalpawila is with the University of Kelaniya, Kelaniya 11600, Sri Lanka (e-mail: email@example.com).
1Secretary to the Ministry of Land and Land Development, Sri Lanka. Hiru News Bulletin, 22 December, 2013 at 7.30 p.m.
Cite: Osantha Nayanapriya Thalpawila, "The Land Issue in the Resettlement Process in Former Conflict Affected Areas in Sri Lanka," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 192-195, 2017.