17 SEPTEMBER 2018
Sri Lanka President tells diplomats: Pick up phone or pack up
Sri Lanka’s President on Monday (Sep 17) justified his decision to sack six diplomats – including an ambassador – for not answering his phone calls, saying more would follow if the foreign service did not shape up
5 SEPTEMBER 2018
Sri Lankan opposition protesters demand government step down
Tens of thousands of opposition supporters marched in Sri Lanka’s capital on Wednesday to demand the government step down, accusing it of corruption and selling national assets to foreign nations
29 AUGUST 2018
Court orders arrest of Sri Lanka’s top military commander
The Colombo Fort magistrate Lanka Jayaratne Wednesday ordered the arrest of Sri Lanka’s chief of defence staff Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne over hs alleged role in helping the main suspect in the abduction and murder of 11 children escape arrest
28 AUGUST 2018
More than 100 human skeletons found in mass grave in Sri Lanka
Investigators say they have unearthed more than 100 skeletons from a mass grave in the northern Sri Lankan town of Mannar, where Tamil guerrillas and state security forces clashed during the country’s 26-year civil war
21 AUGUST 2018
Japan, Sri Lanka Agree to Boost Maritime Security Cooperation
Japan and Sri Lanka have agreed to further enhance maritime security cooperation in the Indian Ocean. The understanding was reached during a meeting between the visiting Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera and Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena
13 AUGUST 2018
US gives Sri Lankan military US$39 million to combat China’s investments in strategic island
The United States announced Monday it would grant Sri Lanka US$39 million to boost maritime security as China develops its strategic hold on the Indian Ocean island
21 JULY 2018
Sri Lanka India’s special, trusted partner: Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday described Sri Lanka as India’s special and trusted friend in South Asia and the Indian Ocean region while assuring New Delhi’s continued development aid cooperation with the island nation
14 JUNE 2018
Sri Lanka jails extremist Buddhist monk for six months over threats to woman
A Sri Lankan court on Thursday jailed for six months a Buddhist monk accused of inciting violence against Muslims after finding him guilty of intimidating the wife of a missing journalist, in a case seen as a test of the independence of the judiciary
25 MAY 2018
China, India and the Indian Ocean: Sri Lanka’s Foreign Policy Challenges
Occupying a strategic position in the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka must balance its foreign policy between India and China
20 MAY 2018
Sri Lanka warns of looming foreign debt crisis
Sri Lanka is headed for a debt crisis, the finance ministry warned on Sunday (May 20), blaming a series of costly projects commissioned by the previous government for record-high repayments
5 MAY 2018
Sri Lanka gives green light for Chinese LNG plant near Hambantota port
Sri Lanka’s state-run investment body has approved a US$500 million liquefied natural gas plant by China Machinery Engineering near a Chinese-controlled port and industrial zone, the development strategies minister said on Friday
1 MAY 2018
Sri Lanka: New Cabinet of Ministers sworn in
Eighteen new Cabinet Ministers were sworn in before President Maithripala Sirisena at a ceremony held at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo this morning. This is the fourth Cabinet reshuffle of the National Government
Sri Lanka: New Cabinet of Ministers sworn in
Eighteen new Cabinet Ministers were sworn in before President Maithripala Sirisena at a ceremony held at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo this morning. This is the fourth Cabinet reshuffle of the National Government
12 APRIL 2018
Sri Lanka president moves to suspend parliament
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Thursday suspended parliament until May in a shock move amid a deepening power struggle between him and his unity government’s prime minister
5 APRIL 2018
Sri Lankan PM survives no confidence vote
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who leads Sri Lanka’s United National Party (UNP), won the support of 122 members of the 225-member parliament, with 76 voting against him
25 MARCH 2018
Police and politicians accused of joining Sri Lanka’s anti-Muslim riots
Police and politicians backed by the country’s former strongman President Mahinda Rajapaksa joined anti-Muslim riots that rocked Sri Lanka’s Kandy district this month, according to witnesses, officials and CCTV footage reviewed by Reuters
18 MARCH 2018
Sri Lankan president lifts nationwide state of emergency
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena Sunday signed a notification to lift a nationwide state of emergency which was imposed on March 6 following communal riots in the central regions of the island country
16 MARCH 2018
Sri Lanka’s communal violence explained
A recent wave of violence has sent the tropical nation into a tailspin as Sri Lanka continues to struggle with post-war reconciliation
6 MARCH 2018
Sri Lanka declares state of emergency after Buddhist-Muslim clashes
Sri Lanka declared a nationwide state of emergency for 10 days on Tuesday to stop the spread of communal violence, a government spokesman said, after confrontations erupted between majority Buddhists and members of the minority Muslim community
11 FEBRUARY 2018
Sri Lanka coalition suffers humiliation at local vote
The party of former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse is on track for a shock landslide victory amid disarray in the ranks of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s ruling alliance
30 JANUARY 2018
Sri Lanka journalists remember killed, abducted colleagues
Sri Lankan journalists and media rights activists have lit candles and held placards to remember dozens of journalists who were killed, abducted or disappeared under a previous government
23 JANUARY 2018
Singapore signs FTA with Sri Lanka
While Sri Lanka is in the process of negotiating free trade agreements (FTA) with several partners, Singapore is the first to complete one with them and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said he is “very glad” that negotiations went smoothly
9 DECEMBER 2017
Sri Lanka approves 2018 budget, aims for more investment
Sri Lanka’s coalition government on Saturday won the final vote on its 2018 budget which aims to boost investments and small businesses and cut the fiscal deficit to 4.8 percent of GDP from this year’s 5.2 percent
24 NOVEMBER 2017
Mgr Emmanuel Fernando, the new bishop of Mannar, in the service of Tamils
Mgr Fidelis Lionel Emmanuel Fernando is the new bishop of Mannar, a diocese in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province, scene of major fighting during the country’s civil war. Pope Francis appointed him two days ago
19 NOVEMBER 2017
Sri Lanka curfew after Buddhist-Muslim violence in Galle
The Sri Lankan army enforced a curfew for a second successive night after dozens of Muslim homes and businesses were attacked near the southern city of Galle
23 OCTOBER 2017
UN urges Sri Lanka to start investigating war crimes
Pablo de Greiff, the UN special rapporteur on the promotion of justice and reparation, said Sri Lanka had been slow to deliver on its promise of justice for atrocities during the island’s bloody 37-year civil war
17 OCTOBER 2017
India-China rivalry spills over in Sri Lankan airport
India and Sri Lanka are close to finalizing a joint venture to manage and expand facilities at the Mattala Airport, which is situated near the Hambantota Seaport, a key port in China’s multi-trillion dollar Belt and Road Initiative
3 OCTOBER 2017
Sri Lanka hosts its first CARAT exercise with US navy
Sri Lanka is hosting its first-ever Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise, which began with the arrival of US Navy elements at the country’s naval base in Trincomalee on 1 October
3 SEPTEMBER 2017
Sri Lanka president defends ex-general accused of war crimes
Sri Lanka’s president on Sunday vowed to protect his former ambassador to six South American nations, an ex-army chief accused of crimes in the bloody final phase of the country’s civil war
15 AUGUST 2017
Sri Lanka names senior lawyer Tilak Marapana as new foreign minister
Sri Lanka named a veteran government lawyer as foreign minister on Tuesday (Aug 15) after the island’s top diplomat stood down amid a corruption scandal
10 AUGUST 2017
Sri Lanka foreign minister resigns over corruption charges
Ravi Karunanayake has been accused of owning a luxury apartment paid for by a bond dealer under investigation – a charge he denies. President Sirisena has pledged to end the corruption which marked the previous regime
26 JULY 2017
Silenced stones mark hard path to Sri Lankan reconciliation
Security forces have erected numerous monuments celebrating their 2009 victory over Tamil Tiger rebels. No such privilege has been accorded to the Tamil insurgents or civilians who died in the fight
25 JULY 2017
Sri Lanka approved to 70 percent lease of Hambantota Port to China
The cabinet gave final approval to lease a 70 percent stake in Hambantota port for $1.12 billion to state-owned China Merchants Port Holdings, minister Mahinda Samarasinghe told reporters
22 JULY 2017
Major General Amal Karunasekara – New Chief of Staff of Sri Lanka Army
Major General K. A. D. A Karunasekara popularly known as ‘Amal Karunasekara’ is the Commandant of the Defence Services Command and Staff College, Sapugaskanda
14 JULY 2017
Torture by Sri Lankan police routine, says human rights lawyer
The use of torture by Sri Lankan security services has become routine, a UN special rapporteur has concluded following a visit to the country
12 JULY 2017
Sri Lanka says Buddhism will remain paramount in new charter
Sri Lanka’s prime minister said on Wednesday Buddhism will remain paramount in the bitterly divided island, seeking to head off protests led by the powerful Buddhist clergy against proposed changes to the constitution
11 JUNE 2017
Sri Lanka makes first arrest over hate crimes against Muslims
Police in Sri Lanka have arrested a key figure from an extremist Buddhist organisation blamed for a series of hate crimes against Muslims that has drawn international censure
11 MAY 2017
Modi in Sri Lanka as Chinese influence rises
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi heads to Sri Lanka on Thursday on a charm offensive as New Delhi seeks to reassert its influence on the island amid signs of a Chinese comeback
27 MARCH 2017
Sri Lanka wants to reduce China’s stake in strategic port deal
Sri Lanka‘s government wants aChinese company to agree to cut its stake in a strategic portproject by up to a quarter, as part of a renegotiation aimed atblunting public and political opposition to the deal
5 MARCH 2017
Sri-Lanka rejects UN call for foreign judges in war probe
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has rejected a fresh appeal from the United Nations (UN) to allow international judges to investigate alleged war-era atrocities, vowing to not prosecute soldiers
27 FEBRUARY 2017
Sri Lanka’s former president Kumaratunga complains of war widows abused by the military
Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga spoke of widespread exploitation, touching more than 80,000 women with children in northern and eastern Sri Lanka. The lack of livelihood makes them even more vulnerable. Although the military has denied any wrongdoing, in the past it has cracked down on troop misconduct
19 FEBRUARY 2017
Two more Sri Lankan Army officers remanded over Keith Noyahr Attack
The CID today arrested two more army personnel believed to be involved in the abduction and assault of Keith Noyahr, the former deputy editor of The Nation newspaper. They were subsequently remanded by the Mount Lavinia Magistrate till March 3
14 FEBRUARY 2017
Sri Lankan president insists on retaining emergency powers
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has blocked a move to require a two-thirds parliamentary vote, rather than the current simple majority, to approve a presidential declaration of emergency. He ordered the removal of a clause to that effect in the proposed National Action Plan for Protection and Promotion of Human Rights
7 JANUARY 2017
At Least 25 Injured in Protest Over Chinese Special Industrial Zone in Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan police used water cannons to try to break up violent clashes between government supporters and villagers marching against what they say is a plan to take over private land for an industrial zone in which China will have a major stake
22 DECEMBER 2016
Sri Lanka’s economy marches slowly into 2017
Sri Lanka’s meandering economic progress received a boost in November 2016 with the announcement of the proposed 2017 budget
17 NOVEMBER 2016
Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse is planning to break away from the ruling coalition
Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse is planning to break away from the ruling coalition, his brother announced on Thursday (Nov 17), a move that could threaten constitutional reforms seen as crucial to postwar reconciliation
26 OCTOBER 2016
General strike in northern Sri Lanka over police killing of students
Tamil people in northern Sri Lanka observed a general shutdown or “hartal” yesterday over the police killing of two Jaffna University students—Puwanraj Sulakshan from Chunnagam and Nadarajah Gajan from Kilinochchi—last Thursday night
22 SEPTEMBER 2016
The office on missing persons in Sri lanka : a new chapter or another empty promise ?
The OMP is an independent office with seven members appointed by the president on the recommendation of the Constitutional Council. The members of the OMP are meant to be independent individuals with expertise on human rights, international humanitarian law, humanitarian issues, fact-finding among other areas. There is also a fixed term of three years and limitation of two terms per member
29 AUGUST 2016
Sri Lanka and Australia’s Strategic Defense Interests
Based on Australia’s Defense White Paper, the two countries can deepen strategic security cooperation
15 AUGUST 2016
Sri Lankan ex-president’s son accused of money-laundering
The eldest son of former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has been arrested on suspicion of money-laundering, his lawyer has said
11 AUGUST 2016
Sri Lanka parliament endorses office to trace wartime missing
Sri Lanka’s parliament on Thursday passed a law to establish an office to trace people who disappeared during a 26-year war and another insurrection amid protests by former leader Mahinda Rajapaksa’s supporters in the chamber
6 JULY 2016
Sri Lanka aims to demilitarise island by 2018
Sri Lanka intends to become completely demilitarised by 2018, the government said Wednesday, a significant announcement that will end the army’s involvement in civilian life after decades of ethnic
2 MAY 2016
Sri Lanka’s delicate balancing act
Sri Lanka’s former pro-Chinese ‘strongman’ President Mahinda Rajapaksa was voted out of office in January 2015. The new administration, led by President Maithripala Sirisena, is committed to more ‘balanced’ major power relations
15 MARCH 2016
Breaking Sri Lanka’s economic gridlock
The Sri Lankan economy appears to exist in a system that can evolve only through crisis. Optimistic policymakers, predicting that the country’s economic trajectory would self-correct, received a collective wake-up call in February with a sovereign rating downgrade by Fitch, even as the country made a formal approach to the IMF for a bailout package.
11 MARCH 2016
Colombo gives China green light to build port city
Despite months of protests by activists, fishermen and Catholics, and more environmental impact studies, China in the end got a green light to build the Colombo Port City, a planned offshore city next to the Sri Lankan capital
6 FEBRUARY 2016
Sri Lankan nationalists protest UN rights chief’s visit on war crimes
Hundreds of hardline nationalists gathered outside the United Nations’ office in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo on Saturday to protest against a visit by the U.N. human rights chief who will assess Sri Lanka’s progress in prosecuting alleged war crimes.http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/sri-lankan-nationalists-p/2494738.html
3 FEBRUARY 2016
Sri Lanka’s ex-army chief Fonseka joins government
Sri Lanka’s former army chief Sarath Fonseka on Wednesday joined the coalition government which has vowed to probe allegations of atrocities committed during the bloody finale of the island’s separatist war
30 JANUARY 2016
Sri Lanka arrests Yoshitha Rajapaksa, ex-president’s son over money laundering
Yoshitha Rajapaksa, a navy officer, was detained on Saturday following months of investigations into alleged financial irregularities linked to his private television channel Carlton Sports Network (CSN), police said. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/sri-lanka-arrests-ex/2474022.html
29 JANUARY 2016
Sri Lanka’s balancing act between India and Pakistan
After coming to power, Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had been busy mending fences with countries in the West and South Asia that got snubbed during the rule of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa.
13 JANUARY 2016
Report card: Sri Lanka president falls short after one year at helm
The initial excitement among his supporters seems to have dampened after Sri Lanka president Maithripala Sirisena completed his first year in office on Jan. 9. He’s being called to account for delivering a large number of pre-election promises which continue to be mostly rhetoric since his electoral triumph of 12 months ago.
9 JANUARY 2016
Sri Lanka government proposes new constitution to devolve power
Sri Lanka’s new government on Saturday presented its plan for a new constitution aimed at devolving power and preventing the sort of ethnic tensions that led to a long and bitter civil war that ended in 2009
5 JANUARY 2016
Pakistan and Sri Lanka sign eight memoranda of understanding (MoU)
Pakistan and Sri Lanka on Tuesday inked eight memoranda of understanding (MoU) on the sidelines of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to Sri Lanka
3 JANUARY 2016
Sri Lanka president pledges land for 100,000 war victims
Up to 100,000 people still living in camps six years after the end of Sri Lanka’s brutal ethnic war will be given land to build homes within six months, President Maithripala Sirisena told AFP Sunday
16 SEPTEMBER 2015
UN calls for special court to investigate Sri Lanka wartime atrocities
The U.N.’s top human rights official is urging the creation of a special court including foreign magistrates and investigators to look into atrocities committed during Sri Lanka’s civil war
3 SEPTEMBER 2015
Tamil Lawmaker to Lead Opposition in Sri Lanka
An ethnic Tamil lawmaker was officially selected to lead the opposition in Sri Lanka’s Parliament on Thursday, becoming the first member of the island nation’s largest minority to hold the post in more than three décades
21 AUGUST 2015
Ranil sworn in as Prime Minister
Ranil Wickremesinghe – UNP leader, was sworn-in as Sri Lanka’s new Prime Minister before President Maithripala Sirisena, at a ceremony held at the Presidential Secretariat
18 AUGUST 2015
Sri Lanka elections: UNP victory as Rajapaksa hopes rebuffed
Sri Lanka’s ruling United National Party has won the most seats in the island’s parliamentary August 17 elections, blocking former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s attempt to return to power
26 JUNE 2015
Sri Lanka’s president dissolves parliament; elections on Aug 17
Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena on Friday ordered the immediate dismissal of parliament, clearing the way for a snap election 10 months ahead of Schedule
5 MAI 2015
US-Sri Lanka relations: Kerry arrives to conducive atmosphere
US Secretary of State John Kerry headed for talks with Sri Lanka’s new President Maithripala Sirisena Saturday on a visit that caps the island’s transformation from diplomatic pariah to a “beacon of democracy”
22 APRIL 2015
Sri Lanka ex-leader’s brother Basil Rajapaksa arrested
Basil Rajapaksa, the younger brother of Sri Lanka’s former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, has been arrested on corruption charges
26 MARCH 2015
Sri Lanka seeks improved relations with China
Sri Lanka’s new president has held talks with his Chinese counterpart in a push to recalibrate his predecessor’s strongly pro-China policies
22 MARCH 2015
Sri Lanka’s Sirisena forms national government with opposition
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena formed a national government incorporating the main opposition party on Sunday, in a bid to push through reforms and preserve political stability
Ex-army chief becomes Sri Lanka’s first field marshal
Sri Lanka’s new government on Sunday conferred the highest military rank of field marshal on retired army chief Sarath Fonseka, who had been jailed for alleged treason by the previous government
14 MARCH 2015
India’s Modi visits Sri Lanka’s Tamil heartland
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit is a demonstration of regional superpower India’s support for Sri Lanka’s Tamils, who share close cultural and religious ties with those in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.
13 MARCH 2015
PM Modi in landmark visit to steer Sri Lanka away from China
Narendra Modi began the first official visit by an Indian premier to Sri Lanka in nearly three decades Friday, looking to reassert New Delhi’s influence over Colombo after its drift towards China
20 FEBRUARY 2015
Sri Lanka, China and India: rivalry in the Indian Ocean
For smaller Asian countries it is no surprise that China has emerged in the last decade as an essential trading partner, Sri Lanka is no exception: becoming it’s largest foreign finance partner in 2010, overtaking India and Japan
16 FEBRUARY 2015
India seals nuclear energy pact with Sri Lanka, hopes to push back Chinese influence
India sealed a nuclear energy agreement with Sri Lanka on Monday, its first breakthrough with the new government of the tiny Indian Ocean island where China has been building ports and highways in a diplomatic push in recent years
12 FEBRUARY 2015
Sri Lanka urges UN to delay war crimes probe
Sri Lanka Wednesday urged the UN to delay a report into alleged war crimes during the island’s civil war to allow the new government to complete its own probe.
7 FEBRUARY 2015
Sri Lanka in U-turn on port project
Sri Lanka’s new government has approved China’s $1.4 billion port project in the island nation’s capital, marking a swift U-turn following warnings it might scrap the venture.
3 FEBRUARY 2015
Sri Lanka: Hope for Minorities?
The key question remains: Does Sirisena have the political will and capability to actually resolve the fundamental problems that drove the country to almost three decades of civil war?
21 JANUARY 2015
Sri Lanka rehabilitates ex-army chief Sarath Fonseka
The new Sri Lankan government has removed punishments imposed on controversial war-time army chief Sarath Fonseka by the previous regime
14 JANUARY 2015
Pope canonises Sri Lanka’s first saint
On Wednesday, Francis conducted a mass on Colombo’s Galle Face Green before canonising Joseph Vaz, a 17th century missionary who disguised himself as a beggar, in the first papal visit to the island nation in two decades.
13 JANUARY 2015
Pope Francis urges the ‘pursuit of truth’ in Sri Lanka
In the first visit papal visit to Sri Lanka in more than 20 years, Pope Francis has called on the country to do more to seek the truth about its years of civil war.
10 JANUARY 2015
Sri Lanka’s new president welcomes dissidents home
New President Maithripala Sirisena invited exiled dissidents back to Sri Lanka and promised to end censorship Saturday as he began to turn the page on the authoritarian rule of his toppled predecessor
9 JANUARY 2015
Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksa suffers shock election defeat. Sirisena elected president
Sirisena and his new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe both took the oath of office in Colombo’s Independence Square on Friday hours after Rajapakse conceded defeat, in what is being touted as one of the most peaceful in the island’s history
8 DECEMBER 2014
Sri Lanka in tightest presidential election in decades
Sri Lanka went to the polls Thursday in its tightest election in decades, with its strongman president battling for survival after accusations of corruption and a failure to bring about national reconciliation
30 DECEMBER 2014
Sri Lanka’s Tamil party backs opposition candidate for president
28 DECEMBER 2014
Sri Lanka Muslim party quits government
Sri Lanka’s main Muslim party has quit the government and pledged support to the opposition in a move seen as the biggest setback yet to President Mahinda Rajapakse’s re-election bid.
2 DECEMBER 2014
Sri Lankan opposition parties ink pacts
Common opposition presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with several political parties, promising to form an all-party government for a period of two years and to abolish the executive presidency within 100 days
21 NOVEMBER 2014
Sri Lanka election: Health chief to challenge Rajapaksa
One of the most senior figures in the Sri Lankan government has announced that he is defecting to stand against President Mahinda Rajapaksa in forthcoming presidential elections.
20 NOVEMBER 2014
Sri Lanka president calls early election
The move on Thursday, two years before his current term expires, is seen as an attempt by Rajapaksa to prevent an expected loss of public support if an election were held according to schedule.
18 NOVEMBER 2014
Buddhist party quits Sri Lanka government
Sri Lanka’s main party of Buddhist monks has announced it is leaving President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government in protest over what they say is his refusal to curb powers and carry out demands for democratic reforms before fresh elections.
5 NOVEMBER 2014
Sri Lankan president seeks Supreme Court nod for third term
Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa has asked the Supreme Court to determine if there is any constitutional obstacle to his becoming president for a third term, something the top lawyers’ association says he can not do.
20 OCTOBER 2014
Sri Lanka ‘to hold early presidential poll’
Sri Lanka will hold presidential election in January next year, two years ahead of schedule, Information Minister Keheliya Rambukwella has said.
11 OCTOBER 2014
‘Queen of Jaffna’ to link Sri Lanka’s north again
The “Queen of Jaffna,” a once-popular train linking the ethnic Tamil’s northern heartland to the rest of Sri Lanka before a bloody civil war cut the link 24 years ago, chugs back into service this coming week, reinforcing the government’s authority in a region once controlled by Tamil rebels.
20 SEPTEMBER 2014
Sri Lanka To Set Up Joint Trade Commission With Russia
Sri Lanka’s Cabinet of Ministers has given its approval to establish a joint commission with the Russian Federation to enhance bilateral trade ties.
19 AUGUST 2014
Sri Lanka to reject visas to UN investigators
Sri Lanka will not grant visas to UN investigators probing war crimes allegedly committed during the last phase of island nation’s decades-long separatist conflict, President Mahinda Rajapaksa has announced.
22 JULY 2014
Sri Lanka hardline monk denounces Dalai Lama
A Sri Lankan Buddhist monk leading an anti-Muslim campaign has accused the Dalai Lama of being influenced by « Muslim extremists » and said the Tibetan spiritual leader could not be accepted as a world Buddhist leader
Sri Lanka president skips Commonwealth Games amid protest threats
Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse will skip the Commonwealth Games starting this week in Glasgow despite being chair of the bloc, his office said Tuesday, after activists threatened to protest at his attendance.
17 JULY 2014
Sri Lanka announces probe into military’s alleged rights abuses
President Mahinda Rajapakse said a current government-appointed Commission of Inquiry (COI) would be expanded to probe the military and Tamil rebels over abuses allegedly committed during their war that ended in 2009.
9 JULY 2014
Sri Lanka tells NGOs ‘no press conferences’
Sri Lanka has banned non-government organisations from holding press conferences under a new order from the defence ministry seen by AFP on Wednesday, raising new fears for freedom of speech.
29 JUNE 2014
Sri Lanka arrests eight over riots
Sri Lankan police have arrested key suspects accused of fuelling religious riots and looting, as minority Muslims expressed fears of more unrest ahead of Ramadan, officials said.
27 JUNE 2014
Sri Lanka, abuses and police assaults increase
« Every day we hear about any kind of human rights violation in this country. However we cannot see that the government is taking considerable steps to stop these brutal acts, even though there are enough law. Media also do not give priority to this issue, » said Philip Dissanayake, executive secretary of Right to Like Human Rights Organization
20 JUNE 2014
Sri Lanka Muslim group calls for ban on anti-minority groups
Muslim Council writes to President Mahinda Rajapksa following anti-Muslim violence by radical Buddhist Bodu Bala Sena (BBS). « It is necessary that a culture of respect for ethnic and religious tolerance – a part of this country’s rich and ancient heritage -be endorsed and encouraged at the highest levels. »
19 JUNE 2014
Sri Lanka moderate monk critical of anti-Muslim violence beaten
A moderate Buddhist monk in Sri Lanka who is highly critical of an extremist Buddhist group has been found beaten and unconscious near Colombo
17 JUNE 2014
Sri Lanka riots prompt international concern
Defying government-imposed curfew, Buddhist hardliners set shops and homes on fire killing a security guard outside a Muslim-owned farm, raising the overall death toll to four, Al Jazeera learned on Tuesday
16 JUNE 2014
Sri Lanka Muslims killed in Aluthgama clashes with Buddhists
At least three people have been killed and more than 80 people injured in overnight mob attacks led by Sinhala Buddhist monks in two coastal Sri Lankan towns, according to medics.
28 MAY 2014
Sri Lanka monks occupy ministry building
Protesters led by Buddhist monks from the right-wing Ravana Balaya group have occupied the Ministry of Buddha Sasana and Religious Affairs in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo
22 MAY 2014
Sri Lanka blocks two news websites
Sri Lanka has blocked two news websites critical of the government, a move press and media groups said was intended to intimidate critics of President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s administration.
5 MAY 2014
Sri Lanka Buddhist monks in court accused of insulting Quran
Four of Sri Lanka’s most senior hardline Buddhist monks appeared in court Monday accused of insulting the Quran, in the first such case following a spate of religious hate attacks
11 APRIL 2014
Sri Lankan army quash Tamil revival in first battle since end of civil war
Sri Lanka’s army claimed to have killed three Tamil rebels yesterday in the first battle since the civil war ended almost five years ago.
7 APRIL 2014
Sri Lanka refuses to co-operate with UN probe
Sri Lanka will not co-operate with a United Nations inquiry into alleged war crimes by government forces and separatist Tamil Tiger rebels in the final phase of their 26-year war, its foreign minister has said
30 MARCH 2014
Sri Lanka ruling party wins vote test with lower margin
Sri Lanka’s ruling party won local elections, but with smaller than expected margins in a crucial mid-term test for President Mahinda Rajapakse, official results showed Sunday
28 MARCH 2014
Challenges remain for China–Sri Lanka FTA
Although China–Sri Lanka trade had been growing steadily beforehand, China was not a large trading partner of Sri Lanka until 2005, which was a turning point in China–Sri Lankan economic relations
6 MARCH 2014
Sri Lanka’s Growing Links with China
Trade, investment and a strategic Indian Ocean location bring the two countries closer together
17 FEBRUARY 2014
UN calls for Sri Lankan war crimes inquiry
The United Nations’ human rights chief has called for an international war crimes investigation into alleged atrocities carried out in the final stages of the Sri Lankan civil war, according to reports.
5 FEBRUARY 2014
Sri Lankan security forces destroyed evidence of war crimes, report claims
Accusations that Sri Lankan security forces destroyed evidence of mass civilian killings are among allegations of “flagrant and reckless” violations of human rights committed in the final months of the civil war, according to a new report.
14 JANUARY 2014
Sri Lankan Buddhist radicals attack two independent Christian churches
Eight Buddhist monks were among the 24 people who carried out the attack. Police were unable to contain the mob, which destroyed buildings and burnt religious literature. According to the attackers, the two churches do not have the permit needed to remain open. Religious intolerance is growing against religious minorities.
13 JANUARY 2014
Four Steps to Secure Lasting Peace in Sri Lanka
A survey released in November by the Center for Policy Alternatives suggested that more than a quarter of those hailing from the country’s Tamil minority say the government has done “nothing” to address the root causes of the conflict, while half feel a little has been done, but “not enough.”
9 JANUARY 2014
Sri Lankan economy looking good, but in need of long game
Sri Lanka’s post-conflict development aspirations have been fashioned on a simple but socio-politically persuasive argument: sustain growth at high levels and extend its benefits to more people. In this, the government that swept into power in 2010 has delivered both a stronger economic performance and rising living standards for the average citizen. During 2010–13, GDP growth has averaged 7 per cent with visible signs of reductions in absolute poverty as well as falling income inequality across sectors and provinces of the country.
22 DECEMBER 2013
New mass grave found in Sri Lanka four years after war
An unmarked mass grave has been found in Sri Lanka’s former war zone, the first discovery of an unmarked gravesite since troops defeated Tamil rebels more than four years ago, police said Sunday.
7 DECEMBER 2013
Sri Lanka’s crumbling democracy
It is disappointing that Sri Lanka, a country with such a serious democratic deficit, is chairing the Commonwealth for the next two years. All signs indicate Sri Lanka is descending into authoritarianism, and much work is needed if Sri Lankan democracy is to be saved.
3 DECEMBER 2013
Sri Lanka’s forces accused of massacring aid workers
A French charity has accused Sri Lanka’s security forces of killing 17 of its aid workers in 2006, and demanded an international inquiry.
17 NOVEMBER 2013
Commonwealth ultimatum to Sri Lanka: Clarify war crimes
The meeting between the heads of state held in Colombo ( 15 to 17 November ) was an opportunity to corner the President Mahinda Rajapaksa. If, by March 2014 there are no signs of a real reconciliation , the British prime minister will take the case to the UN
16 NOVEMBER 2013
Sri Lanka says it will block UN rights probe
A senior Sri Lanka’s minister has said the government will not allow an international probe into alleged war crimes during its 27-year ethnic conflict, despite mounting pressure from abroad.
15 NOVEMBER 2013
Prince Charles avoids Sri Lanka human rights row in speech
The Prince of Wales steered clear of criticising Sri Lanka’s record on human rights as he made his first address to a Commonwealth summit as the Queen’s representative.
10 NOVEMBER 2013
India PM to boycott Sri Lanka Commonwealth summit
Indian PM Manmohan Singh will boycott this week’s Commonwealth summit in Colombo, officials say, amid a row over Sri Lanka’s human rights record. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24887719 http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/379107/india-pm-to-miss-commonwealth-summit-in-sri-lanka
9 NOVEMBER 2013
Sri Lankan students protest closing universities
About 2,000 Sri Lankan university students blocked traffic as they shouted slogans outside the capital’s main railroad station Friday to protest a government decision to close state universities during a summit of leaders from Commonwealth countries next week.
8 NOVEMBER 2013
Sri Lanka revokes human rights experts’ visas ahead of Commonwealth summit
Sri Lanka has revoked the visas of human rights experts for a meeting coinciding with the Commonwealth summit, the International Bar Association has claimed.
24 OCTOBER 2013
Sri Lanka’s unanswered questions over human rights
The BBC has spoken to people in Sri Lanka who say they have been threatened with rape and tortured at the hands of officials.
17 OCTOBER 2013
Sri Lanka: a country ruled as a family business by four brothers
Sri Lanka is a country ruled by four brothers who have turned their country’s government into a family business. At the apex sits President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who won office in 2005 and was re-elected in 2010 after victory in the civil war.
14 OCTOBER 2013
Tamils taste symbolic power in Sri Lanka
9 OCTOBER 2013
Canada PM to boycott Sri Lanka Commonwealth summit
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said he will skip a Commonwealth summit next month in Sri Lanka to protest that government’s human rights record.
5 OCTOBER 2013
Sri Lanka’s elderly among ‘ happiest ‘ in the world
The Global Agewatch Index compiles a ranking of the best countries in the world for people of a certain age. Sweden ranks first, Sri Lanka 36th , but it is the fourth Asian country in terms of social and economic welfare . The secret : 98% of the « grandparents » live with their families http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Sri-Lanka’s-elderly-among-‘-happiest-‘-in-the-world-29199.html
4 OCTOBER 2013
Provincial Polls In Sri Lanka: A New Dawn? – Analysis
In the recently concluded elections in the northern province of Sri Lanka, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) led by C V Vigneswaran won a landslide victory. The election conducted within the purview of the 13th Amendment was by all accounts free and fair. A popular will was expressed by a 35% turnout of the northern Tamil voters.
22 SEPTEMBER 2013
Sri Lanka’s Tamil party sweeps polls, urges trust with government
Sri Lanka’s main ethnic minority Tamil party secured a landslide victory in a provincial poll that has threatened to rekindle animosity between the government and Tamils, four years after the military crushed separatist rebels and ended a 26-year war.
21 SEPTEMBER 2013
Sri Lanka holds historic vote in Tamil-majority north
Voters in Sri Lanka’s north have held their first-ever elections for a semi-autonomous council, four years after the army defeated Tamil Tiger rebels.
20 SEPTEMBER 2013
Tamil candidate ran for her life ahead of landmark election
A Tamil candidate for landmark polls in Sri Lanka’s former warzone fled a mob attack Friday as the man tipped to become the region’s chief minister accused the army of intimidating voters.
UN rights chief lashes back at Sri Lanka claims
The United Nations’ top human rights official lashed back Friday at the Sri Lankan government, accusing some of its most senior officials of waging a disinformation campaign aimed at discrediting her and her office.
18 SEPTEMBER 2013
Sri Lanka Sunday Leader’s Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema flees
A senior Sri Lankan journalist has left the country three weeks after she and her family were held at knifepoint during a night raid on her house.
14 SEPTEMBER 2013
Sri Lankan train rolls into Tiger territory after 23 years
A train linking the political home of Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tiger rebels with the rest of the island rolled into service on Saturday after a 23-year interruption, officials said.
31 AUGUST 2013
Sri Lanka becoming more authoritarian: UN rights chief
UN human rights chief Navi Pillay warned on Saturday that Sri Lanka was becoming « increasingly authoritarian » with rights activists apparently suffering growing harassment from security agencies.
28 AUGUST 2013
UN rights chief meets Sri Lankan war survivors
Survivors of Sri Lanka’s civil war complained on Tuesday to the United Nations’ human rights chief about missing relatives, military land grabs and a life without basic facilities more than four years after the end of the quarter-century war.
26 AUGUST 2013
Sri Lanka monks protest UN rights chief’s visit
Dozens of monks and pro-government activists staged the noisy demonstration outside UN offices, accusing the international community of drumming up false allegations of war crimes in 2009 during the final months of a separatist conflict.
11 AUGUST 2013
Curfew in Colombo as tensions rise after mosque attack
Sri Lankan police clamped a fresh curfew on a Colombo neighbourhood Sunday, a day after a Buddhist-led mob vandalised a mosque in an incident that raised religious tensions and US concern.
7 AUGUST 2013
Sri Lanka army slammed for killing protesters
The Roman Catholic Church has accused the Sri Lankan army of shooting unarmed protesters and desecrating a church during demonstrations against water contamination.
2 AUGUST 2013
1 protester killed in Sri Lanka military shooting
One person was killed and about 15 were wounded when Sri Lanka’s military shot at a protest demanding clean drinking water.
27 JULY 2013
Sri Lanka to probe wartime disappearances
The move comes as Sri Lanka faces rising international criticism for failing to investigate alleged war crimes during the final stage of the quarter century-long war, which ended four years ago, including civilian deaths and disappearances.
15 JULY 2013
Sri Lanka halts French festival over ‘insulting’ film
Sri Lanka halted its French Film Festival in Colombo on Monday after festival organisers screened “Flying Fish,” an internationally-acclaimed film set during Sri Lanka’s ethnic war that the military considered to be insulting. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23328665 http://www.france24.com/en/20130716-sri-lanka-halts-french-festival-insulting-film-military-flying-fish
5 JULY 2013
Sri Lanka will hold provincial elections in the former northern war zone
Sri Lanka will hold provincial elections in the former northern war zone in September for the first time in 25 years, officials said on Friday, a move demanded by the United Nations since the end of three decades of conflict in 2009. http://dawn.com/news/1023037/sri-lanka-to-hold-polls-in-ex-war-zone-for-first-time-in-25-years
27 JUNE 2013
Sri Lanka: widespread police torture of innocent civilians
Denounced by the Right to Life, an NGO in the country, in a meeting that heard testimonies of some victims. In order to extract confessions, law enforcement officials beat and abuse suspected criminals. The use of chili peppers on eyes and genitals is one of the most common practices.
21 JUNE 2013
3 appointed to investigate mass grave in Sri Lanka
Two retired judges and a former parliament official were appointed Friday to a presidential commission that will investigate a mass grave found last year with 154 bodies, most likely of Marxist rebels killed decades ago. http://asiancorrespondent.com/109631/3-appointed-to-investigate-mass-grave-in-sri-lanka/
30 MAY 2013
Sri Lankan rights campaigner Jayalath Jayawardena dies
Prominent Sri Lankan human rights campaigner and parliamentarian Jayalath Jayawardena has died aged 59 in hospital in Singapore, medical officials say. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22720636
13 APRIL 2013
Gunmen torch Sri Lankan newspaper equipment
The attack on Saturday at the Uthayan newspaper office is the fifth strike on the media since January in Sri Lanka’s former war zone in the north, and the second after the UN passed a resolution on March 21 calling on the government to address human rights violations. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/04/201341372141289764.html