If Sri Lanka can successfully address the underlying causes of tension that sparked the decades’ long ethnic conflict — discrimination, fear and violence — and begin in earnest efforts to advance reconciliation and accountability, the United States will regain a key, truly democratic partner in a region of increasing geopolitical importance.
But we must continue to purposefully and dynamically engage with the government of Sri Lanka for a return to peaceful stability. It’s time to start putting forth concrete solutions to help Sri Lanka reach the goals necessary to move the country forward.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.