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Stories about Sri Lanka

25 June 2014

What Would Buddha Do? Not Attack Sri Lankan Muslims, Buddhists Say

Hardline Buddhist organization Bodu Bala Sena's anti-Muslim rhetoric has fueled deadly riots in Sri Lanka. The group is vocal, but Buddhists are speaking out against them on and offline.

21 March 2014

An Attempt to Intimidate? Sri Lanka Releases Human Rights Activists

Ruki Fernando and Praveen Mahesa were detained March 16, 2014 and accused of selling information abroad, attempting to damage harmony between communities, and aiding militant separatists the Tamil Tigers.

9 February 2014

Veteran Sri Lankan Journalist Murdered in Her Home

Mel Gunasekera was the founding editor of the Lanka Business Online, an online financial news service website, and a former reporter for French news agency Agence France-Presse.

29 December 2013

Contemplating Nelson Mandela's Legacy in South Asia

"Nepali leaders have a lot to learn from Mandela's statesmanship, integrity, and lack of political ambition."

18 November 2013

Australian Prime Minister Downplays Sri Lankan Torture Allegations

Many Australians were flabbergasted by Prime Minister Tony Abbott's conciliatory remarks about torture and other human rights abuses allegedly committed by the Sri Lankan government

5 September 2013

South Asia Shining in Some Ways, Suffering in Others

The South Asia Economic Summit , an annual meeting of civil society think-tanks has recently been concluded in Sri Lanka. Participants discussed regional issues and sought for more regional cooperation.

16 July 2013

Taking ‘Long Walk of Hope’ Across Sri Lanka for Cancer Patients

A retired army major trekked more than 750 km to raise funds for cancer patients.

28 May 2013

Human Rights Activists Hone Digital Skills in 2013 Empowerment Lab

Eleven international human rights activists participated in this year's Empowerment Lab, a week-long training program that aims to empower digital activists who face growing threats of freedom of expression.

27 April 2013

Anti-Hate Rally Attempts to Tackle Emerging Racism in Sri Lanka

Anti hate activists in Sri Lanka plan to gather in the capital city of Colombo on the 28th of April. The country has recently seen a spate of isolated violent...

13 April 2013

Sri Lanka's Buddhists Question Extremist Sinhala-Buddhists

A number of Sinhala Buddhists are standing up against the recent violence against Muslim and hateful speech initiated by the Bodu Bala Sena (Buddhist Power Force), an extremist Sinhala-Buddhist organisation...

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