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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
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/sri-lanka-president-tells-diplomats-pick-up-phone-or-pack-up-10729798

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
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/09/05/sri-lankan-opposition-protesters-demand-government-step-down.html
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/live-jana-balaya-kolombata-protest-march-today/

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
https://economynext.com/Court_orders_arrest_of_Sri_Lanka%E2%80%99s_top_military_commander-3-11703-10.html
https://gulfnews.com/news/asia/sri-lanka/top-sri-lanka-military-officer-to-be-arrested-for-abduction-murder-during-tamil-civil-war-1.2272489

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
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/28/more-than-100-human-skeletons-found-mass-grave-sri-lanka
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Ninety-bodies-found-in-a-mass-grave-in-Mannar-dating-from-the-civil-war-44774.html

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
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201808211067363757-japan-srilanka-maritime-cooperation/
https://www.news.lk/news/politics/item/21948-japan-s-assistance-to-develop-sri-lanka-s-maritime-security
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/japan-offers-to-boost-sri-lanka-security-as-china-makes-inroads-10638786

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
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2159546/us-gives-sri-lankan-military-us39-million-combat-chinas
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/sri-lanka-gets-us-military-funding-as-china-vies-for-influence-10614212

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
https://www.thestatesman.com/india/sri-lanka-indias-special-trusted-partner-modi-1502663823.html

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
https://in.reuters.com/article/sri-lanka-monk-sentence/sri-lanka-jails-extremist-buddhist-monk-for-six-months-over-threats-to-woman-idINKBN1JA1BW?rpc=401&
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-44479610
https://www.newsradio.lk/local/gnanasara-thera-sentenced-to-6-months-rigorous-imprisonment

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
https://asianews.network/2018/05/24/china-india-and-the-indian-ocean-sri-lankas-foreign-policy-challenges/

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
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/sri-lanka-warns-of-looming-foreign-debt-crisis

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
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2144808/sri-lanka-gives-green-light-chinese-lng-plant-near
https://in.reuters.com/article/sri-lanka-china-lng/sri-lanka-approves-500-million-lng-plant-near-chinese-controlled-port-idINKBN1I60GH?rpc=401&

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
http://www.asiantribune.com/node/91817
http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=183935

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
http://www.asiantribune.com/node/91817
http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=183935

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
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/sri-lanka/sri-lanka-president-moves-to-suspend-parliament-1.2204677

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
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/sri-lankan-pm-survives-no-confidence-vote-16496
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/04/sri-lanka-pm-ranil-wickremesinghe-survives-confidence-motion-180404173714092.html
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/148/131/212/1522911816263.html

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
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/police-and-politicians-accused-of-joining-sri-lanka-s-anti-muslim-riots-16207

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
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/104/170/30/1521359852276.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2137698/sri-lanka-ends-state-emergency-tensions-between-buddhists-and

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
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/sri-lanka-s-communal-violence-explained-15970

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
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/sri-lanka-declares-state-of-emergency-after-buddhist-muslim-clashes-15723
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/03/06/554576/Sri-Lanka-President-Maithripala-Sirisena-Buddhist-Sinhalese-Muslims
http://asiantribune.com/node/91657
http://www.euronews.com/2018/03/06/sri-lanka-declares-state-of-emergency-as-mobs-attack-muslim-communities

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
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/sri-lanka-coalition-suffers-humiliation-at-local-vote-15071
http://www.economynext.com/Sri_Lanka%E2%80%99s_ruling_coalition_in_deep_crisis_after_shock_defeat-3-9839-10.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/02/sri-lanka-opposition-calls-government-resignation-180211182754969.html

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
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/01/30/sri-lanka-journalists-remember-killed-abducted-colleagues.html
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/The-‘black-January’-of-information:-no-justice-for-journalists-killed-42980.html

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
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/major-investments-planned-says-pm-lee-as-singapore-signs-fta-9888114
http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/spore-and-sri-lanka-sign-fta-facilitate-greater-trade-flows
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-and-sri-lanka-sign-free-trade-agreement-9886990

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
https://in.reuters.com/article/sri-lanka-budget/sri-lanka-approves-2018-budget-aims-for-more-investment-idINKBN1E30IU?rpc=401&
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/third-reading-of-budget-2018-full-text-of-the-finance-ministers-speech/

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
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Mgr-Emmanuel-Fernando,-the-new-bishop-of-Mannar,-in-the-service-of-Tamils-42413.html
http://asiantribune.com/node/91290

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
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/sri-lanka-curfew-after-buddhist-muslim-violence-in-galle-1.677108
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/anti-muslim-assaults-in-gintota/
http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=175292

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
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/10/23/539627/Sri-Lanka-UN-war-crimes-investigation-justice-Maithripala-Sirisena-Tamil

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
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201710171058322914-india-china-rivalry-airport/

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
http://www.janes.com/article/74580/sri-lanka-hosts-its-first-carat-exercise

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
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2109712/sri-lanka-president-defends-ex-general-accused-war-crimes
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/09/sri-lanka-leader-shield-general-war-crimes-case-170903193335527.html
http://asiantribune.com/node/90929

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
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/sri-lanka-names-senior-lawyer-tilak-marapana-as-new-foreign-minister

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
http://www.dw.com/en/sri-lanka-foreign-minister-resigns-over-corruption-charges/a-40038447
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2106281/sri-lanka-foreign-minister-quits-amid-insider-trading-scandal

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
http://www.atimes.com/article/silenced-stones-mark-hard-path-sri-lankan-reconciliation/

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
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_SRI_LANKA_CHINA?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-07-25-08-42-11
http://www.asiantribune.com/node/90757

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
http://www.asiantribune.com/node/90742

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
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/14/torture-by-sri-lankan-police-routine-says-human-rights-lawyer

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
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-sri-lanka-politics-idUSKBN19X1TR?rpc=401&

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
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/sri-lan

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
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/modi-heads-sri-lanka-chinese-influence-rises
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2093985/indias-modi-attempts-woo-back-sri-lanka-china-pushes-belt-and

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
https://article.wn.com/view/2017/03/27/Sri_Lanka_wants_to_reduce_China_s_stake_in_strategic_port_de_w/

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
http://www.dw.com/en/sri-lanka-rejects-un-call-for-foreign-judges-in-war-probe/a-37814346
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/sri-lanka/sri-lanka-rejects-un-call-for-foreign-judges-in-war-probe-1.1988758
http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=161403

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
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Sri-Lanka’s-former-president-complains-of-war-widows-abused-by-the-military-40049.html

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
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/two-more-army-officers-remanded-over-keith-noyahr-attack/
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/02/sri-lanka-long-overdue-arrest-soldiers-journalists-2008-abduction/

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
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2017/02/14/sril-f14.html

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
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201701071049362016-25-hurt-sri-lanka-protest-china/
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/sri-lanka/clashes-erupt-as-protesters-march-against-china-port-deal-1.1957780
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-07/sri-lankans-protest-china-port-deal/8168110?section=world

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
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/12/22/sri-lankas-economy-marches-slowly-into-2017/

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
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/sri-lanka-s-ex-leader-to-lead-breakaway-from-coalition/3296954.html

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
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/10/26/jaff-o26.html
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/on-the-killing-of-jaffna-university-students-in-search-of-the-right-path/

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
https://globalvoices.org/2016/09/22/the-office-on-missing-persons-in-sri-lanka-a-new-chapter-or-another-empty-promise/

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
http://thediplomat.com/2016/08/sri-lanka-and-australias-strategic-defense-interests/

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
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37089546

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
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/sri-lanka-parliament-endo/3035126.html
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/office-of-missing-persons-bill-passed-in-parliament-without-a-vote/

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
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/sri-lanka-aims-demilitarise-island-2018#sthash.c0HvyA9l.dpuf
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/2018-deadline-for-sri-lankan-military-to-quit-businesses

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
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/05/02/sri-lankas-delicate-balancing-act/

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.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/03/15/breaking-sri-lankas-economic-gridlock/

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
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Colombo-gives-China-green-light-to-build-port-city-36926.html

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
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/un-human-rights-chief-arrive

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
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/sri-lankas-ex-army-chief-joins-government

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
http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=139529
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/01/sri-lanka-arrests-president-son-graft-charges-160130132046364.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.
http://atimes.com/2016/01/sri-lankas-balancing-act-between-india-and-pakistan/

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.
http://atimes.com/2016/01/report-card-sri-lanka-president-falls-short-after-one-year-at-the-helm/

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
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/sri-lanka-government-prop/2412840.html
http://www.dw.com/en/sri-lanka-begins-process-of-writing-new-constitution-to-prevent-war/a-18968845

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
http://www.dawn.com/news/1230917/pakistan-sri-lanka-sign-eight-mous-for-bilateral-cooperation

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
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/1897823/sri-lanka-president-pledges-land-100000-war-victims

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
http://asiancorrespondent.com/135619/un-calls-for-special-court-to-investigate-sri-lanka-wartime-atrocities/
http://atimes.com/2015/09/un-asks-sri-lanka-to-set-up-court-to-probe-civil-war-atrocities/

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
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/04/world/asia/sri-lanka-tamils-opposition.html?ref=asia&_r=1
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/09/sri-lanka-names-tamil-opposition-chief-decades-150903133205837.html

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
http://asiantribune.com/node/87704

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
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33970289
ttp://www.thehindu.com/news/international/sri-lanka-parliamentary-election-rajapaksa-concedes-defeat/article7552952.ece?homepage=true
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/rajapaksas-loss-spells-victory-for-democracy/

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
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/sri-lanka-s-president/1943772.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/06/sri-lankan-president-dissolves-parliament-150626162034921.html

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”
http://www.dawn.com/news/1179519/kerry-visit-seals-end-to-sri-lanka-pariah-status
http://asiantribune.com/node/86889
http://asiantribune.com/node/86886

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
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32410003

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
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/03/sri-lanka-china-150326081156090.html
http://english.cntv.cn/2015/03/26/VIDE1427353083949162.shtml

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
http://www.france24.com/en/20150322-sri-lanka-sirisena-rajapaksa-government-opposition-coalition/

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
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/ex-army-chief-becomes-sri-lankas-first-field-marshal

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.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/india-s-modi-visits-sri/1715648.html

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
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/pm-modi-landmark-visit-steer-sri-lanka-away-china?page=0%2C0
http://asiantribune.com/node/86573
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/03/india-modi-begins-landmark-visit-sri-lanka-150313072001284.html

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
http://www.china-brain.com/Editorials/Sri-Lanka–China-and-India:-rivalry-in-the-Indian-Ocean-/173.html#.VOeyNe83NMs

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
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/india-seals-nuclear-energ/1662848.html
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/preempting-china-india-inks-nuclear-pact-with-sri-lanka/article6902874.ece?homepage=true
http://www.voanews.com/content/sri-lanka-new-president-meets-with-indian-pm/2645674.html

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.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/473294/sri-lanka-urges-un-to-delay-war-crimes-probe
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31434613

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.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/business/2015-02/07/content_15225156.html

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?
http://thediplomat.com/2015/02/sri-lanka-hope-for-minorities/

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
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30912331

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.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/southasia/2015/01/pope-canonises-sri-lanka-first-saint-201511453618282611.html
http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=117651

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.
http://www.euronews.com/2015/01/13/pope-francis-calls-on-sri-lanka-to-do-more-to-seek-truth-about-civil-war/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30789124
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Pope-in-Sri-Lanka:-live-the-precepts-of-peace-present-in-religions-and-denounce-all-acts-of-violence-33174.html

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
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/sri-lanka%E2%80%99s-new-president-welcomes-dissidents-home
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30763699

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
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2015/01/sirisena-sworn-as-sri-lanka-president-20151914215538168.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30738671

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
http://www.dawn.com/news/1155688/sri-lanka-votes-in-tightest-election-in-decades
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/01/08/asia/sri-lanka-elections-walkup/index.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2015/01/sri-lanka-set-tight-presidential-poll-201517222939705581.html

30 DECEMBER 2014

Sri Lanka’s Tamil party backs opposition candidate for president
http://asiancorrespondent.com/129441/sri-lankas-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.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/12/sri-lanka-muslim-party-quits-government-201412287834534461.html

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
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Sri-Lankan-opposition-parties-ink-pacts-68423.html
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0001760725

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.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30144182
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/444673/sri-lanka-minister-defects-to-challenge-president-in-polls

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.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/11/sri-lanka-president-calls-early-election-20141120132039968850.html
http://asiantribune.com/node/85885

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.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/11/buddhist-party-quits-sri-lanka-government-2014111894525420326.html

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.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/sri-lankan-president-seeks-supreme-court-nod-third-term
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/441637/sri-lanka-rajapakse-asks-court-to-rule-on-seeking-third-term

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.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/10/sri-lanka-hold-early-presidential-poll-20141020124236190384.html

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.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/queen-of-jaffna-to-link-sri-lankas-north-again/2014/10/11/dbef3310-5119-11e4-877c-335b53ffe736_story.html

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.
http://www.eurasiareview.com/20092014-sri-lanka-set-joint-trade-commission-russia/

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.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/08/sri-lanka-reject-visas-un-investigators-201481910043515243.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/427570/sri-lanka-bars-un-investigators

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
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/07/sri-lanka-hardline-monk-denounces-dalai-lama-20147221518638936.html

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.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/421817/sri-lanka-president-skips-commonwealth-games-amid-protest-threats

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.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/421072/sri-lanka-announces-probe-into-military-alleged-rights-abuses

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.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/sri-lanka-tells-ngos-no-press-conferences

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.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/southasia/2014/06/sri-lanka-arrests-eight-over-riots-20146285155373739.html

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
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Sri-Lanka,-abuses-and-police-assaults-increase-31477.html

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. »
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Sri-Lanka-Muslim-group-calls-for-ban-on-anti-minority-groups-31413.html

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
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27918343
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/06/19/world/asia/sri-lanka-muslim-aluthgama/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

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
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/06/sri-lanka-riots-prompt-international-concern-201461752248175495.html

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.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/06/muslims-killed-sri-lanka-mob-attacks-201461663841177637.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/415610/sri-lanka-religious-riots-spark-international-concern
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27864716

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

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/05/sri-lanka-monks-occupy-ministry-building-2014528103425654560.html

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.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/05/sri-lanka-blocks-two-news-websites-2014522131610614498.html

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

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/sri-lanka-buddhist-monks-court-accused-insulting-quran

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.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/srilanka/10760742/Sri-Lankan-army-quash-Tamil-revival-in-first-battle-since-end-of-civil-war.html

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
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/04/sri-lanka-refuses-co-operate-with-un-probe-201447234412461564.html

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
http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/south-asia/sri-lanka-ruling-coalition-wins-local-polls/article5851505.ece?homepage=true
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/402560/sri-lanka-ruling-party-wins-vote-test-with-lower-margin

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

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/03/28/challenges-remain-for-china-sri-lanka-fta/#more-40881

6 MARCH 2014

Sri Lanka’s Growing Links with China

Trade, investment and a strategic Indian Ocean location bring the two countries closer together
http://thediplomat.com/2014/03/sri-lankas-growing-links-with-china/

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.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/srilanka/10644023/UN-calls-for-Sri-Lankan-war-crimes-inquiry.html

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.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/05/sri-lankan-forces-committed-flagrant-and-reckless-violations-of-human-rights-report-claims

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/02/sri-lanka-war-report-shows-rights-abuses-20142420225372131.html

http://asiancorrespondent.com/119274/inquiry-accuses-sri-lanka-forces-of-wartime-abuses/

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.

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Sri-Lankan-Buddhist-radicals-attack-two-independent-Christian-churches-30031.html

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.”

http://globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com/2014/01/13/four-steps-to-secure-lasting-peace-in-sri-lanka/

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.

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/01/09/sri-lankan-economy-looking-good-but-in-need-of-long-game/

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.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/new-mass-grave-found-sri-lanka-four-years-after-war

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.

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/12/07/sri-lankas-crumbling-democracy/

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.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25198856

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
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Commonwealth-ultimatum-to-Sri-Lanka:-Clarify-war-crimes-29575.html

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.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/11/sri-lanka-says-it-will-block-un-rights-probe-20131116101510198752.html

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.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/prince-charles/10451177/Prince-Charles-avoids-Sri-Lanka-human-rights-row-in-speech.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/11/colombo-summit-overshadowed-rights-row-2013111555924334578.html

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.

http://asiancorrespondent.com/115586/sri-lankan-students-protest-closing-universities/

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.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/srilanka/10435090/Sri-Lanka-revokes-human-rights-experts-visas-ahead-of-Commonwealth-summit.html

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.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24648595

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.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/srilanka/10386664/Sri-Lanka-a-country-ruled-as-a-family-business-by-four-brothers.html

14 OCTOBER 2013

Tamils taste symbolic power in Sri Lanka

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/SOU-01-151013.html

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.

http://asiancorrespondent.com/114217/canada-pm-to-boycott-sri-lanka-commonwealth-summit/

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.

http://www.eurasiareview.com/04102013-provincial-polls-sri-lanka-new-dawn-analysis/

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.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/srilanka/10326290/Tamil-political-party-wins-landslide-victory-in-Sri-Lankan-election.html

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/other/2013/09/22/389538/Sri-Lankas.htm

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.
http://www.france24.com/en/20130921-sri-lanka-tamils-head-polls-key-vote-elections
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24179205

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.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/tamil-candidate-ran-her-life-ahead-landmark-election

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.

http://asiancorrespondent.com/113674/un-rights-chief-lashes-back-at-sri-lanka-claims/

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.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24148142

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.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/sri-lankan-train-rolls-tiger-territory-after-23-years

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.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/367337/sri-lanka-becoming-more-authoritarian-un-rights-chief

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.

http://asiancorrespondent.com/112559/un-rights-chief-meets-sri-lankan-war-survivors/

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.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/sri-lanka-monks-protest-un-rights-chiefs-visit
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/366498/sri-lanka-monks-protest-un-rights-chief-visit

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.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/364144/curfew-in-colombo-as-tensions-rise-after-mosque-attack
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/08/201381171449190189.html

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.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/08/201387152944804834.html

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.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/sri-lankan-protestor-shot-dead-poisoned-water-demo

http://asiancorrespondent.com/111457/1-protester-killed-in-sri-lanka-military-shooting/

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.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/111163/sri-lanka-to-probe-wartime-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.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Sri-Lanka:-widespread-police-torture-of-innocent-civilians-28318.html

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