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Transitional Justice and Women Combatants in Sri Lanka
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After a war situation one of the most important Transitional Justice measures is re-integrating combatants into the society. It is important that Sri Lanka define and develop its own Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) Strategy and be prepared for the sudden need to demobilize and reintegrate large numbers of combatants after successful peace negotiations

In Sri Lanka’s tea estates most families live in line rooms. All of these have common pavement, and residents belong to all age groups, and can interact all the time. When parents go to work, the children who are not going to school are left behind with elderly people. Unemployed men also stay there during the day, and many boys try to follow their older companions. Young boys start to behave as the men they spend their days with and some start to control and harass their female counterparts, avoiding any involvement in “female” work.

Although caste discrimination is still found in Sri Lanka (particularly in rural areas), caste boundaries are blurring. Political power and wealth have largely replaced caste as the main factor in Sri Lankan social stratification, especially in the Sinhalese and Indian Tamil communities.