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INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR ETHNIC STUDIES SRI LANKA
 

Promoting Rights and Justice, Diversity and Coexistence, and Robust Institutions for Democracy

Coexistence and Religious Harmony

Promoting pluralism and building resilience among communities to resist the impact of extremism

Justice, Memory and Reconciliation

Advocating an inclusive and holistic transitional justice process, pluralistic memories and meaningful reconciliation in Sri Lanka

Diversity ​and Social Inclusion

Sensitizing society and policy makers on the needs of marginalized persons

Research on human rights and inequalities

Rights and Institutional ​Reform

Since 1982, the International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES) has contributed to the world of ideas and has informed policy and practice through research, dialogue, the creative arts and other interventions.

 

The ICES vision is contained in a desire for a world that celebrates diversity in all its multiple shades. The institutions goal is to contribute towards relevant rigorous intellectual traditions that recognize our common humanity, promote diverse identities, and generate ideas that inform and guide policies and institutions in order to promote justice, equity and peaceful coexistence. The unique 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.

The ICES has been an important player in the areas of reconciliation, justice, gender and human rights and has been particularly influential in shaping policy and public imagination on issues of gender equality, ethnic diversity, religious coexistence, and constitutional reform in Sri Lanka. The institution has contributed to the development and promotion of minority and group rights and has previously worked closely with the United Nations Special Rapporteurs, the several Working Groups and with the Treaty Bodies. In the past, ICES maintained a special category consultative status with the United Nations ECOSOC and served as the Secretariat to former UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women and former Director of ICES, Radhika Coomaraswamy.

 

In recent years ICES has carved a niche for itself as a centre for the study and promotion of diversity within a framework of democracy and human rights.

 

ICES has played three broad roles: one of research, the other of policy advocacy and a third of providing space for dialogue. It has also used the creative arts to ignite the public imagination and promote truth, beauty, diversity and reconciliation. Following extensive academic, legal and political involvement in the constitutional process and policy formulation in Sri Lanka through the 1980s and 1990s, and strong advocacy in the areas of gender, human and rights, and social inclusion, ICES has established a strong reputation for its capacity to generate high quality research that is politically relevant nationally, regionally and globally.

 

In recent years, it has generated important research on ethno-religious violence and coexistence, gender equality, womens economic empowerment, social inclusion, and forced displacement. It has also provided a space for and encouraged creative expression as a vehicle for political and social change, through its support to documentary film making, socially relevant theatre, seminars for writers, and regular film and art festivals.

Our Goal

A world which celebrates diversity anchored in the fundamental unity of the human species.

Our Vision

To contribute towards relevant rigorous intellectual traditions that recognise our common humanity and promote our diverse identities, and to generate ideas that inform and guide policies and institutions in order to promote justice, equity and peaceful coexistence.

Our Mission

To deepen the understanding of ethnicity, identity politics and conflict, and to foster conditions for an inclusive, just and peaceful society nationally, regionally and globally, through research, publication, dialogue, creative expression and knowledge transfer.

Annual Reports
 

Reports

ICES Annual Report 2020

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ICES Annual Report 2015

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ICES Annual Report 2019

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ICES Annual Report 2021

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ICES Annual Report 2016

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ICES Annual Report 2022

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ICES Annual Report 2009-2012

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ICES Annual Report 2018

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ICES Annual Report 2013

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ICES Annual Report 2017

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Our Staff

Our Staff

Senior Management

Research Staff

Nireka Weeratunge

Nireka Weeratunge

Research Fellow

Nireka Weeratungeleads the qualitative component of the research projects on Social-ecological Dynamics in Rapid Economic Development: Infrastructure and Coastal Change in Southeastern Sri Lanka (SEDRIC), as well as Land Ownership and Womens Empowerment in Sri Lanka. She was the Principal Investigator on the Migration and collectives/networks as pathways out of poverty? Gendered vulnerabilities and capabilities amongst poor fishing communities in Asia project from 2016-2019. She has a PhD in anthropology from the University of Toronto, Canada with over 25 years of research and practice in the interface of gender, environment and development issues in the Asia-Pacific region. Her main areas of work are the social and cultural aspects of natural resource use, focusing on livelihood strategies in relation to poverty, vulnerability, resilience and wellbeing in fishing and farming communities. She is a member of the Scientific Steering Committee of Integrated Marine Biosphere Research (IMBeR), a global research project on ocean sustainability. She has worked in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Solomon Islands, Philippines and Vietnam.

Hasini Haputhanthri

Hasini Haputhanthri

Research Fellow

Hasini Haputhanthri is a development professional and arts manager in Sri Lanka.She’s involved in a global network of researchers and practitioners on historical dialogue and reconciliation. Initially trained as a sociologist at Delhi University India and Lund University Sweden, she recently specialized in Oral History and Museum Anthropology at Columbia University New York.

Finishing her 10 year stint with Deutsche Gesellschaft fr Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Hasini now works as an independent consultant and researcher. Among her current assignments are Archive of Memory: reflections on 70 years of independence in Sri Lanka – an oral history project, and a baseline survey of 25 museums, with its publication forthcoming as Museums, Memory and Identity Politics in Sri Lanka.

Nadine Vanniasinkam

Nadine Vanniasinkam

Research Fellow

Nadine Vanniasinkam is currently involved in research related to inter-religious relations and conflict, the agency of women with disabilities in participating in the reconciliation process and gendered dimensions of poverty and migration in fishing communities in Sri Lanka. Her research interests lie in gender, nationalism and minority identity politics. She has a MA in Applied Linguistics from the University of Melbourne, a BA (Hons) in English Literature (University of Colombo) and a LLB from the University of London.


e-mail: nadine.ices@gmail.com

Viyanga Gunasekera

Viyanga Gunasekera

Research Fellow

Viyanga Gunasekera is a Researcher at the International Centre for Ethnic Studies, Colombo. Currently, she is involved in projects studying barriers to women’s representation in politics, women’s land rights and empowerment, social inclusion and exclusion, and vulnerability in the light of covid 19 in Sri Lanka. She was previously involved in studies that explored the psychosocial wellbeing of ex-combatants and pluralistic memories of post-war Sri Lanka. Viyanga has a MPhil in Psychology from the University of Peradeniya. Her research interests include vulnerable groups of people, transitional justice, reconciliation, memory, women’s empowerment, and psychosocial wellbeing.


e-mail: viyanga.ices@gmail.com


Dr. Eva Ambos

Dr. Eva Ambos

Research Fellow

Eva Ambos is a cultural anthropologist. She has previously worked and taught at the

Universities Tübingen and Heidelberg in Germany. Her research interests include religion &

ritual, arts & performance, critical theory and decolonial approaches.


e-mail: evaa.ices@gmail.com

Uvini Panditha

Uvini Panditha

Researcher

Uvini Panditha is an Attorney-at-Law by profession. She holds a LLB from the University of London, a BSC (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Coventry and is currently reading for her Masters in Human Rights and Democratisation at the University of Colombo. Her research interests include gender, human rights and religion.


e-mail: uvini.ices@gmail.com

Nipunika Pathirana

Nipunika Pathirana

Researcher

Nipunika is a graduate with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Sociology from the  University of Peradeniya, where her academic contributions are highlighted by impactful publications in the field of LGBTIQ Activism and the Advancement of LGBTIQ Rights in Sri Lanka, specifically centered around Gotagogama. Currently, her research endeavors extend to the LGBTIQ Community Activism and critical study of women's development and empowerment in the plantation sector.


e-mail: nipunika.ices@gmail.com

Tirani Wijewickrama

Tirani Wijewickrama

Researcher

Tirani Wijewickrama holds a Bachelor’s in Social Sciences from the Kotelawala Defence University and is currently reading for a Masters in Sociology at the University of Colombo. Her research interests include gender, stigma, reconciliation and memory.

Yohani Dodangoda

Yohani Dodangoda

Communications Officer


Yohani Dodangoda is a graduate from the Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya and is also an LLB graduate from the University of London. She is currently studying for her Attorney's at Law Examination at the Sri Lanka Law College.


e-mail: yohani.ices@gmail.com

Administration Staff

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B. M. Mowsil

Office Manager

Colombo

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Iranga Silva

Librarian

Kandy

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Anthony Christopher

Assistant Office Manager/ Assistant Librarian

Colombo

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Vasantha Jayawathie

Office Assistant

Kandy

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G. A. Shyamalee

Assistant Finance Manager/ Admin manager

Colombo

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Vasantha Premaratne

Programme Coordinator / IT

Kandy

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Rangasmi Arumugam

Office Assistant

Colombo

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W. H. M. D. Bandara

Administrative / Accounts Executive

Kandy

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Saleeka Peiris

Programme Coordinator

Kandy

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K. Ravindran

Office Assistant

Colombo

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