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Stories about Sri Lanka

Understanding pandemic fatigue

As we continue to struggle to maintain safety measures, it is important for us to shift from a culture of blaming to one that supports and leads with kindness.

Sri Lankan wildlife threatened by poaching during the pandemic

During the COVID-19 pandemic in Sri Lanka, rising unemployment has been linked to the surge in illegal wildlife poaching.

Ghost cities in a COVID-19 world

Videos of empty cities from around the world curated by Global Voices' contributors.

Conservationists decry Sri Lankan decision to arm local groups against elephants

"Will Sri Lanka, where magnificent elephants have now been demoted from National Treasure to vermin, be the paradise isle that modern tourists dream of?"

Protests, internet shutdowns and biryani: 2019 in South Asia

Overall, our coverage in the past 12 months highlighted stories of protests and internet shutdowns from across the region.

Your guide to the 2019 Sri Lankan presidential election

On 16 November 2019, Sri Lankans are going to the polls to elect a new president. Learn more about the major players and check out our list of useful resources.

The future of asylum seekers is uncertain in Sri Lanka

"The authorities must take urgent steps to guarantee the safety, dignity and human rights of all refugees and asylum seekers, ensuring that they are safe and have humane living conditions."

Why are people debating the proposed car-free day in Colombo?

A car-free-day in Colombo sounds like a good idea from an environmental point of view, but there are other concerns -- and exposure to street harassment tops the list.

Reactions to the presidential pardon of Sri Lankan rightwing religious leader

"Given Gnanasara’s past record of hateful speech, the Presidential pardon amounted to disrespect to all those who had suffered religious freedom violations in Sri Lanka."

Anti-Muslim attacks stoke tensions and incite fear amongst mourning Sri Lankans

On 12 May Sunday, anti-muslim violence started over a Facebook post by a Muslim trader in coastal Chilaw town in Puttalam District, North Western Province of Sri Lanka.

The Sri Lanka Niqab ban and the politics of distraction

Ever since the identification of the all-male group of bombers behind the massacre as members of militant group ISIS, Muslim women have borne the brunt.

White flags: Sri Lankans in mourning

Sri Lankans are still coming to terms with the death of hundreds during the terrorist attacks on April 21, 2019. The colour white is used to symbolise mourning in Sri...

Government actions in Sri Lanka Easter bombings raise the question: Is social media helping or hurting?

The swift decision to block certain social media platforms suggests that in the eyes of the Sri Lankan government, these services can make an already bad situation worse.

A series of bomb attacks on churches and hotels spark terror in Sri Lanka

Hundreds were killed and injured in a series of planned explosions in Sri Lanka. A twelve-hour islandwide curfew was declared by the government while social media sites were restricted.

Four real-life locations that could have featured in Game of Thrones

As viewers gear up for one last dose of dynastic squabbling, political intrigue and looming supernatural doom, four actual locations that wouldn't be out of place on Westeros and Essos.

The challenges of mapping street harassment in Sri Lanka go beyond data collection

Even when women do make police reports, they must battle a victim-blaming culture and a system that is insensitive to the needs of survivors of sexual abuse.

150 years of Ceylon Tea: A day in the life of a plantation worker

The wages Sri Lankan plantation workers earn are nowhere near enough to bear the costs of living for the family, so many are forced to look for work elsewhere.

Sri Lankan tea estate workers take to the streets to demand fair wages

'Companies say they don't have profit, govt says it doesn't have money, ministers make so many promises[...] workers want only Rs. 1000 daily basic wage for the work they do'.

Will the reinstatement of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe end Sri Lanka's political crisis?

" We will have to wait and see if the key players in the drama can rise above their personal and political agenda..."

Sri Lankan Court temporarily bars disputed Prime Minister Rajapaksa from office

The battle over who will get to be the official Sri Lankan Prime Minister continues with the latest decision temporarily barring disputed PM Rajapaksa from office.

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