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Towards a Digital Museum of Art and Memory in Sri Lanka's Conflict-Affected Society

'In Plain Sight' poster

Enforced disappearance have occurred in all regions of the world. It has been a common occurrence in most parts of South Asia, including Sri Lanka, for several decades. In 2013, the UN Working Group on Disappearances reported that Sri Lanka had the second highest number of unresolved cases (5,676 cases), second only to Iraq.

This project seeks to document and archive one aspect of the practice of enforced disappearances in Sri Lanka: Mass Grave Sites. In 2014, the Asian Human Rights Commission, which mapped mass graves in the country, observed that there are 28 mass grave sites in Sri Lanka and many more remain undiscovered.

In this collaboration with RLS, ICES aims to use multiple media, such as documentaries, to document mass grave sites.

About International Centre for Ethnic Studies

Since 1982, the International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES) has informed policy and practice through research, dialogue, the creative arts and other interventions. The institution's goal is to contribute to relevant, rigorous intellectual traditions that recognise our common humanity, promote diverse identities, and generate ideas that inform and guide policies and institutions to promote justice, equity and peaceful coexistence. The mission of ICES is to deepen the understanding of ethnicity, identity politics, conflict and gender and to foster conditions for an inclusive, just and peaceful society nationally, regionally and globally through research, publication, dialogue, creative expression and knowledge transfer.

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