A selection of the opening speeches given during the global conference on “Reducing Suffering During Armed Conflict: The Interface Between Buddhism and International Humanitarian Law (IHL)”, Dambulla, Sri Lanka, 2019:


Chandima Wickramasinghe, Acting Additional Secretary to the President of Sri Lanka


Loukas Petridis, Head of the ICRC Delegation in Sri Lanka


Andrew Bartles-Smith, Regional Manager for Global Affairs in Asia Pacific, ICRC


Dr. Sunil Kariyakarawana, Buddhist Chaplain of the British Armed Forces, presenting the remarks prepared by Prof. Asanga Tilakaratne, Professor of Pali and Buddhist Studies, University of Colombo


Prof. Kate Crosby, Professor of Buddhist Studies, King’s College London


Ven. Prof. Mahinda Deegalle, Professor of Religions, Philosophies and Ethics, Bath Spa University


Ven. Kalupahana Piyarathana Thero, Chairman Human Development Edification Centre, Matara


Ven. Moragaswewe Vijitha Thero, Lecturer, Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka


Prasantha Lal de Alvis, President’s Counsel, Sri Lanka