Ashoka Fellow
Sri Lanka
Fellow Since 2005
This description of Jayanthi Dandeniya's work was prepared when Jayanthi Dandeniya was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2005.
In the late 1980s, as many as 60,000 Sri Lankan citizens “disappeared” in a wave of abductions, torture, and extrajudicial killings by state agents. Though the political climate of the country has since improved, society remains silent about the killings, stifling any chance of justice for the victims and stunting the entire field of human rights. Jayanthi Dandeniya, whose brothers and fiancée were killed in the violence, is now leading a nationwide effort to reestablish discourse on peace, human rights, and the rule of law through mobilizing victims’ families in the human rights movement.
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