Sri Lanka Crisis Teach-In

Event time: 
Wednesday, May 4, 2022 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
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Phelps 310 & Zoom
Event description: 

Sri Lanka is facing its worst economic downturn since its Independence in 1948. Due to years of political corruption and irresponsible financial policies, the details of which have been articulated by analysts such as Yolani Fernando of The Asia Foundation, the country’s foreign reserves have been depleted. This has translated to a humanitarian crisis, with energy and public health being the most affected sectors. Currently, citizens face severe fuel shortages, 13-hour power outages, skyrocketing basic goods prices, and low medical supplies. While the present situation has been created by years of bad governance and poor economic policy, the politicians responsible still continue to suppress people’s freedom of expression by resorting to declaring emergency measures and shutting down social media.
Please join Yale South Asian Society and Sri Lankans at Yale for a teach-in on the crisis with speakers:
Dr. Kaushalya Perera, Professor at the University of Colombo
Bhavani Fonseka, constitutional lawyer and human rights activist in Sri Lanka
Iromi Perera, researcher of and activist for socioeconomic issues in Sri Lanka
Udara Peiris, Professor of Finance at Oberlin College and Higher School of Economics, Moscow
Ambika Saktunanathan, former Commissioner of the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka.
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