Pressure for an Independent Umpire in Sri Lanka
TMS PEACE JOURNALISM, 8 Nov 2010
James Bourne spoke to the Sri Lanka Human Rights Project coordinator, Professor Jake Lynch, about the political situation in Sri Lanka- and how sport can be used as an effective tool of persuasion.
The Sri Lankan Cricket team is currently touring Australia for a three match series- and, to the delight of Australia’s large Sri Lankan community, they’ve already beaten the host nation twice in the past week.
But there are groups in Australia who believe that the Sri Lankan team shouldn’t be playing cricket at all.
The Australian Tamil Congress has called on the International Cricket Council to ban the country from the playing the sport professionally.
They hope that such a move will pressure its government into agreeing to an independent inquiry into human rights abuses.
The calls are supported by those involved with the Sri Lanka Human Rights Project at the University of Sydney.
Jake Lynch is Associate Professor and Director of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney and a member of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace, Development and Environment.
This article originally appeared on Transcend Media Service (TMS) on 8 Nov 2010.
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