Apr 20

Past Event

The Deepening Humanitarian Crisis in Sri Lanka: An Update from the Field

Event Materials


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With the intensification of fighting in Sri Lanka, the country’s internal conflict is again gaining international attention. Of primary concern are the displaced civilians who are caught in the middle of the fighting.

On April 20, the Brookings-Bern Project on Internal Displacement will host a discussion offering different perspectives on the humanitarian crisis in Sri Lanka. Panelists include Amin Awad, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees representative in Sri Lanka; Michael S. Owen, acting deputy assistant secretary for South & Central Asian Affairs at the U.S. Department of State; Anna Neistat, senior researcher at Human Rights Watch; and Muttukrishna Sarvananthan, founder of the Point Pedro Institute in Sri Lanka. After the program, the panelists will take audience questions.

Event Agenda

  • Introduction and Moderator

  • Panelists

    • Amin Awad

      Representative of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees in Sri Lanka

    • Anna Neistat

      Senior Researcher, Human Rights Watch

    • Michael S. Owen

      Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for South & Central Asian Affairs, U.S. Department of State

    • Muttukrishna Sarvananthan

      Founder, Point Pedro Institute


April 20, 2009

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM EDT

The Brookings Institution

Saul/Zilkha Rooms

1775 Massachusetts Avenue, NW


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