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Stories about Sri Lanka

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.

11 August 2013

Sri Lanka: “We Asked for Water Tanks And They Sent Us War Tanks”

Soldiers called in to disperse the crowd protesting water contamination reportedly fired into the Church of St. Anthony as demonstrators sought shelter there.

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...

22 March 2013

Hardline Buddhists Drive Sri Lanka to Drop Muslim Halal Labeling

Religious tensions in Sri Lanka are on the rise after Islamic clerics facing massive protests from militant Buddhists put an end to the island's widespread halal food labeling system.

19 January 2013

Sri Lanka: Reactions To The Impeachment Of The Chief Justice

Sri Lanka's 43rd and first female Chief Justice Dr. Shirani A Bandaranayake was impeached after she was found guilty of some of the charges the government brought against her by...

29 December 2012

Looking Back at 2012 in South Asia – Part II

Pakistan's dismal human rights record just gets worse, India's rising rape rates have sent the society into a flux, Bangladesh rejected Myanmar's Rohingya refugees, the regions relatively stable country -...

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