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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


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,-the-new-bishop-of-Mannar,-in-the-service-of-Tamils-42413.html

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


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’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

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


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


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.


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.

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


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


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–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

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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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,-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. »

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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’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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.                                                                                                                                                      

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.                                                                                              

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.                                 

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.                                                                                                       

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.                                                                                       

2 APRIL 2013

Indian Tamil actors protest Sri Lanka war conduct

Tamil movie stars in India, including superstar Rajinikanth, are fasting for a day to protest what they say is the mistreatment of ethnic Tamils in neighboring Sri Lanka and to demand an international probe into alleged wartime abuses there.

25 MARCH 2013

India and Sri Lanka: More constructive role needed

There was no doubt that the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) would pass the U.S.-backed resolution against Sri Lanka for its treatment of the Tamil minority. After keeping many guessing how it would vote, India ended up supporting the motion, alongside 24 other countries. Of the remaining countries, 13 voted against it and eight abstained.                                                                                                                      

22 MARCH 201

Sri Lanka’s anti-Muslim campaign fuels discord

Sri Lanka’s minority Muslim community is coming under intense pressure from a hard-line Buddhist monk organization allegedly linked to certain powerful individuals in the President Mahinda Rajapaksa-led administration.

21 MARCH 2013

UN passes resolution against Sri Lanka rights record

The resolution encourages Sri Lanka to conduct an independent and credible investigation into alleged war crimes.                                                                                                                                                      

16 MARCH 2013

China ready to protect Sri Lanka’s sovereignty

Newly-elected Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday offered his support in protecting Sri Lanka’s national sovereignty, hinting at Beijing’s backing to stave off a US-backed resolution against the country at UN Rights Council                                    

15 MARCH 2013

Sri Lanka’s Ongoing Shift towards Authoritarianism

Sri Lanka is well on its way to becoming an authoritarian state, warns Neil DeVotta. Today, he charts the decline of democratic standards and the rule of law in this troubled island state.                                                                                                                             

6 MARCH 2013

Sri Lanka ‘disappeared’: Families stage Colombo protest

The families of people who disappeared in Sri Lanka during and after the country’s long civil war have staged a demonstration in the capital Colombo.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

25 FEBRUARY 2013

Photo of dead boy ups pressure on Sri Lanka

The photo shows a boy sitting shirtless by a row of sandbags as he glumly eats a snack. The next photo shows him lying face up in the dirt, a series of bullet holes in his chest. The makers of a documentary on Sri Lanka say the boy was the 12-year-old son of Sri Lankan insurgent leader Velupillai Prabhakaran, and that the photos prove he was captured and then executed by the Sri Lankan military. Sri Lanka denies the charge.

23 FEBRUARY 2013

Human rights and democracy in Sri Lanka: the West’s deepening dilemma                                                                                                                                

21 FEBRUARY 2013

Sri Lanka’s Ominous Authoritarian Turn

The Mahinda Rajapaksa government in Sri Lanka, more than three years after the end of the devastating civil war that paralyzed the country for 22 years, has instituted a virtual reign of terror against not only its defeated Tamil minority but against many of its own citizens in the south, critics say.                                                                          

20 FEBRUARY 2013

Saudi Arabia recalls ambassador to Sri Lanka

Saudi Arabia has recalled its ambassador from Colombo in a tit-for-tat decision amid tensions after a Sri Lankan nanny convicted of murder was beheaded in the kingdom, the official SPA news agency reported.

16 FEBRUARY 2013

Sri Lanka Sunday Leader reporter Faraz Shauketaly shot

A reporter from a newspaper in Sri Lanka has been shot by a group of unidentified men at his home near the capital, Colombo.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  


Sri Lanka leader rules out autonomy for Tamils

Sri Lanka’s president has ruled out allowing minority Tamils greater political autonomy as a solution to a decades-long ethnic conflict that has killed tens of thousands of people.                                                                                                                           

11 JANUARY 2013

Sri Lanka Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake is impeached

The Sri Lankan parliament has voted to remove Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake in a move analysts say could trigger a constitutional crisis.

29 NOVEMBER 2012

Jaffna University Tamil students boycott classes

Students at Jaffna University in northern Sri Lanka have started a two-day boycott of classes after clashes with security forces on Wednesda

28 NOVEMBER 2012

Sri Lanka’s Jaffna sees clashes over Tamil rebel remembrance

Students and security forces have clashed in Jaffna in northern Sri Lanka in the worst political disturbances since civil war ended in 2009

13 NOVEMBRE 2012

UN ‘failed Sri Lanka civilians’, says internal probe

The United Nations failed in its mandate to protect civilians in the last months of Sri Lanka’s bloody civil war, a leaked draft of a highly critical internal UN report says

11 NOVEMBER 2012

Sri Lanka lawyers oppose chief justice impeachment

Sri Lanka’s bar association will ask President Mahinda Rajapaksa to reconsider an impeachment bid against the country’s chief justice, the association’s leader said Saturday.


Sri Lanka promises elections for former war zone

Sri Lanka’s president promised Thursday 8 to hold provincial council elections next year in the island nation’s former northern war zone


Shirani Bandaranayake: Charges set out as impeachment begins

Sri Lanka’s parliament has begun formal impeachment proceedings against the chief justice after the Speaker accepted a motion against her.

17 OCTOBER 2012

Tamil Tiger leader Selvarasa Pathmanathan a ‘free man’

The Sri Lankan authorities say that the senior most surviving Tamil Tiger leader, Selvarasa Pathmanathan – also known as known as « KP » – is a free man

4 OCTOBER 2012

Sri Lanka: every 90 seconds a woman subjected to sexual violence

At least 450 thousand women farmers earn less than 2 euros a day and almost 200 thousand migrant workers suffer abuse, violence and torture. In the north affected by the civil war, 46% of mothers suffer from malnutrition and children under 5 years are underweight. Women are 53% of the population of Sri Lanka.


Sri Lanka Rejoining the World

The place isn’t a paradise for minorities but the economy is recovering


Sri Lanka’s ruling party wins provincial election

President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s United People’s Freedom Alliance won 14 seats in the Eastern Provincial Council, while the Tamil National Alliance secured 11, the Department of Elections said Sunday

22 AUGUST 2012

Sri Lanka government shuts down universities

Sri Lanka’s government has closed down almost all universities for an indefinite period amid a row about the future of education in the islan

2 AUGUST 2012

Buddhists Behaving Badly

What Zealotry is Doing to Sri Lanka

18 JULY 2012

Concern in Sri Lanka over rising number of child rapes

A 13-year-old girl in Sri Lanka has identified four men including a local government politician who she says were involved in gang-raping her in the south of the country last month. It is one of a series of alleged rapes, especially of children.

6 JULY 2012

Donor interest in north waning

Donor assistance is waning in northern Sri Lanka, where the critical priorities of food, shelter, protection and nutrition are not being covered, and many displaced people still need outside assistance more than three years after a decades-long civil war ended.

1 JULY 2012

Sri Lanka opposition fights website shut down

Sri Lanka’s main opposition on Sunday vowed to resist a police crackdown against its news website after the United States asked the government to stop « harassing » journalists in the island.

21 MAY 2012

Sri Lanka releases former army chief

Sarath Fonseka, Sri Lanka’s former army chief, has has been released from prison after President Mahinda Rajapaksa granted him a pardon to coincide with the third anniversary of the government’s victory over Tamil separatists.

26 APRIL 2012

Sri Lanka, Buddhist destruction of a mosque halted

The mosque and the Hindu temple of Dambulla that arise in the sacred cannot be destroyed the Minister for the Territory, Janaka Bandara Tennakoon, announced today in an attempt to quell the violent protests involving Buddhists, Muslims and Hindus, and likely to create tensions in Sri Lanka. It all started last April 20 when nearly two thousand Buddhists – monks and lay people – attacked the mosque, interrupting the Friday prayer. Throwing rocks and chanting slogans, the protesters claimed that the area of Dambulla is sacred to Buddhism, and cannot tolerate religious activities of other faiths.,-Buddhist-destruction-of-a-mosque-halted-24598.html

22 APRIL 2012

Sri Lanka government orders removal of Dambulla mosque

Sri Lanka’s government has ordered the removal of a mosque from an area it says is sacred to the country’s majority Buddhists

20 APRIL 2012

Sri Lanka Buddhists disrupt mosque’s prayers

About 2,000 Buddhists, including monks, marched to the mosque and held a demonstration demanding its demolition, along with a Hindu temple being built in an area designated as a Buddhist sacred zone

6 APRIL 2012

Gandhi statue vandalised in Sri Lanka

Statues of Indian independence icon Mahatma Gandhi and Britain’s Robert Baden-Powell have been vandalised in Sri Lanka amid an anti-Indian and anti-Western campaign on the island, police said Friday 6

24 MARCH 2012

Sri Lanka rejects UN war resolution

Acting Foreign Minister Dew Gunasekera told parliament on Friday 24 that Sri Lanka will resist outside help to investigate violations of humanitarian law, a key demand in the US-initiated Human Rights Council resolution from Geneva on Thursday

22 MARCH 2012

UN adopts resolution on Sri Lanka war crimes probe

The UN Human Rights Council has adopted a resolution urging Sri Lanka to investigate alleged abuses during the final phase of war with Tamil rebels

28 FEBRUARY 2012

Rajapaksa brings thousands of people into the streets to oppose UN war crime charges

The United Nations resolution alleges abuses that Sri Lankan soldiers and Tamil rebels committed abuses during the country’s civil war. The government accuses the UN and Western powers of interfering in its domestic affairs. In April 2011, a UN report blamed the Sri Lankan air force of killing 40,000 people

4 JANUARY 2012

France apologises to Sri Lanka over Tamil Tiger stamps

France has been forced to apologise to the Sri Lankan government after its post office issued “personalised” stamps supporting the armed separatist Tamil Tiger group, which is banned in France

21 NOVEMBER 2011

Sri Lankan president receives response to scathing U.N. report

President Mahinda Rajapaksa received the 400-page document on Sunday night. The response, compiled by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission, will be presented to Parliament, though Rajapaksa did not say when

18 NOVEMBER 2011

Sri Lanka extends ex-army’s chief jail term

A Sri Lankan high court has sentenced the former army chief, Sarath Fonseka, to three years in jail after finding him
guilty of making a false allegation against the president’s brother.


Sri Lanka blocks websites for ‘maligning’ president

The Sri Lankan government has warned that any website dealing with Sri Lankan affairs must register with the government or face legal action.

14 OCTOBER 2011

Tamil Tigers still active in Europe

Evidence surfacing in a courthouse in the Netherlands shows that the cause of Tamil independence is still alive in Europe, and an assessment from counter-terrorism authorities says supporters of the defeated rebels remain engaged in extortion, human trafficking and other crimes to raise money for their brethren in Sri Lanka.

9 OCTOBER 2011

Ruling party wins chaotic Sri Lankan polls

President’s UPFA claims victory in 22 out of 23 local councils in contest marred by shootout that left three dead.


Sri Lanka leader says international criticism ‘tainted’

Sri Lanka’s president condemned « tainted » international allegations of a military massacre of civilians during an assault to end a Tamil rebellion. President Mahinda Rajapakse on Friday appealed for international support as pressure mounted for the UN Human Rights Council to launch a war crimes inquiry into the 2009 campaign in which a UN panel said tens of thousands were killed. « My country has reason for concern with
approaches tainted by an unacceptable selectivity, which we have brought to the notice of the organizations in question in recent weeks, »  ajapakse told the UN summit

23 JULY 2011

Tamil party sweeps local election poll

A political party that was closely linked with the defeated Tamil Tiger rebels has swept local council elections held in areas ravaged by the country’s 25-year civil war, amid reports of intimidation and vote-buying, officials said.The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) won 20 local councils out of the 25 it contested in the ethnic Tamil-majority north and east, the elections department said

20 JUNE 2011

India-Sri Lanka ferry hits troubled waters

A ferry service between India and Sri Lanka suspended almost 30 years ago due to the island’s armed insurgency last week resumed service in style, with a luxury liner plying the route of 152 nautical miles (281 kilometers). The Scotia Prince arrived in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo last Tuesday from Thoothukudi (or Tuticorin) in southern Tamil Nadu. The ferry, which can carry some 1,000 passengers, is expected to boost travel, trade and tourism between the two countries, as well as political ties

29 APRIL 2011

Sri Lanka website LankaeNews is suspended

A magistrate’s court in Sri Lanka has suspended the operation of the pro-opposition LankaeNews website. The court ordered Sri Lanka’s telecoms regulator to suspend the website until court proceedings are over.

26 APRIL 2011

UN publishes report on war crimes. Colombo protests

Over 40 thousand civilians killed in bombings and military prisoners executed with a shot to the head, women raped. The document ordered
by Ban Ki-moon paints a hellish picture of the final stages of the ethnic conflict. Despite pressure from the Government of Sri Lanka to prevent

20 APRIL 2011

Sri Lankan authorities reject UN war crime accusations

The government of Sri Lanka has firmly rejected a United Nations report that blames it for war crimes committed during the final phase of the 30-year-old interethnic conflict, which ended in 2009. The Inter Religious Alliance for National Unity (IRANU) slammed the UN report prepared
for United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. By contrast, Sri Lanka’s main Tamil organisation, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), hailed the study, saying it provided “irrefutable confirmation” of the atrocities committed by the government and the military.

8 APRIL 2011

Sri Lanka must account for missing -Human Rights Watch

Sri Lanka’s government should account for all those detained at the end of the war with Tamil Tiger rebels nearly two years ago, Human Rights Watch says


In Sri Lanka, Court martial sentences General Fonseka to three years in prison for corruption. Activists and opposition parties protest what they see as an attack against justice and democracy


Lanka’s parliament passed an amendment to the constitution, allowing  Mahinda Rajapakse, the president, to run for
a third term

13 AUGUST 2010

A court martial, founds the former Sri Lankan armed forces chief, General Sarath Fonseka, guilty of engaging in politics while on active service. Gen Fonseka would be stripped of his rank and medals once the government has ratified the
decision, officials said

6 JULY 2010

Sri Lankans protesters besiege UN’s Sri-Lankan office demanding the UN end investigations into alleged war crimes

8 APRIL 2010

Sri Lanka’s ruling party has won a majority in parliament, according to official results from Thursday’s election. The results released by the elections commissioner on Friday showed The United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA), led by Mahinda Rajapaksa, the incumbent president, had already secured 117 seats in the 225-member assembly

16 MARCH 2010

Sri Lanka’s ex-army chief Sarath Fonseka appears before a military court on charges of participating in politics while in uniform

6 MARCH 2010

Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksa dismisses UN human rights panel

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa denounces plans by UN chief Ban Ki-Moon to ask a panel of experts to look into human rights
issues on the island

27 FEBRUARY 2010

Sri Lanka’s dissenting voices ‘silenced’

When Mahinda Rajapaksa was re-elected president of Sri Lanka in January, media organisations and human rights groups said they hoped
the suppression of dissenting voices would end. But those hopes have not materialized

23 FEBRUARY 2010

Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court refuses to order the release of detained opposition leader and former army chief Sarath Fonseka


Sri Lanka election loser General Sarath Fonseka is arrested


Sri Lanka’s president, sacks a dozen senior military officers whom the defense ministry says were a « direct threat to national security » after last week’s presidential elections. Security forces kept Fonseka under siege while election results were announced on Wednesday, and 15 retired officers working at Fonseka’s offices were later arrested by police

26 JANUARY 2010

Mahinda Rajapaksa, the incumbent [u]Sri Lankan[/u] president, is re-elected

29 NOVEMBER 2009

Sarath Fonseka, the Sri Lankan general who ended the Tamil Tigers’ almost three-decade-long struggle for independence, announces that he would challenge the president in a January election

22 0CTOBER 2009

Nearly 6,000 Tamil refugees are released from Sri Lanka’s main camp for war-displaced people, officials say


A United Nations expert urges the Sri Lanka’s government to set up an independent probe into the authenticity of a video clip
aired in Britain allegedly showing Sri Lankan troops executing prisoners

8 AUGUST 2009

Sri Lanka holds its first post-war elections in two Tamil-majority cities in the north

20 MAY 2009

Sri Lanka celebrates victory over the Tamil Tigers with a national holiday on Wednesday as the army hunted down fugitive rebels, shooting dead eight thought to have escaped from the final battle

18 MAY 2009

The leader of the Tamil Tiger rebels, Velupillai Prabhakaran, is dead, the Sri Lankan military has said.

26 APRIL 2009

Sri Lanka’s ruling coalition sweeps elections to the Western Provincial Council, that includes the capital Colombo, after a high pitched campaign seeking support for the military offensive aimed at crushing the Tamil Tigers. President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s United People Freedom Alliance  (UPFA) secures 65 percent of the total votes cast, leaving the opposition badly battered. The United National Party (UNP) led by former prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe came second with 30 percent

25 FEBRUARY 2009

Sri Lankan troops seize the last town held by separatist Tamil Tiger fighters, Mullaittivu


2009: Sri Lankan military seize control of the Tamil Tiger rebels’ de facto capital of Kilinochchi

9 JANUARY 2009

The Sri Lankan army captures Elephant Pass, the strategic causeway linking the Jaffna peninsula with the mainland

1 JANUARY 2009

Sri Lanka troops, capture Paranthan,a key town from Tamil Tiger rebels after intense clashes. The fall of Paranthan, near the Tigers’ political capital Kilinochchi, has effectively cut off the rebels’ main supply line to several other strongholds