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International Centre for Ethnic Studies

Colombo, Sri Lanka
Joined March 2016
Presence in: Sri Lanka
Focus: Access to Information, Citizenship, Governance, Other, Peace-building & Transitional Justice

International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES) is one of the country’s leading research centres, focusing on ethnicity, identity politics, conflict and conflict resolution, post-war reconstruction, democracy and governance, human rights, development and gender. The mission of ICES is 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.ICES has been particularly influential in shaping policy and public imagination on issues of ethnic diversity and constitutional reform in Sri Lanka. ICES provides a vibrant and dynamic intellectual environment for academic and policy dialogues, discussions, seminars, publications and socially-engaged literature, art and cinema.

People Associated With This Organization

Mario Gomez

Sri Lanka  
International Centre for Ethnic Studies
Joined February 2021
Interests: Access to Information, Corruption, Criminal Justice, Economic Empowerment, Gender-based violence, Governance
I have worked in academia, peacebuilding, and human rights for over 30 years and am currently the Executive Director of the International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES), an independent think-tank based in Sri Lanka. I have worked on access to justice, public interest law, and worked with judges, at different points in my career. I am interested in how legal empowerment can help overcome inequality and would like to learn more from members of the network.

N. Samanthi Vitarana

Sri Lanka  
International Centre for Ethnic Studies
Joined March 2016
Interests: Access to Information, Gender-based violence, Governance, Peace-building & Transitional Justice
I am a development practitioners and a researcher with over ten years of practice experience in community development, disability and gender inclusive development, advocacy and human rights. I have worked in post-disaster situations especially during the 2004 tsunami which impacted Sri Lanka. I have also been engaged directly with peace and reconciliation processes in the country and in my role as a Program Development Officer with the Office of Transitions Initiative Program by USAID. My interests range from democratic governance to political and social and economic rights of every individual and am a strong advocate on disability and gender inclusive development processes. I hold a Masters Degree in Sustainable International Development and a Diploma in Human Rights.

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