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Stories about Sri Lanka

13 November 2019

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."

14 July 2019

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.

7 June 2019

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."

17 May 2019

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.

3 May 2019

The Sri Lanka Niqab ban and the politics of distraction

The Bridge

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.

1 May 2019

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...

21 April 2019

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.

10 April 2019

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.

12 March 2019

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.

20 February 2019

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.

25 January 2019

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'.

5 December 2018

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.

6 November 2018

Stories of Sri Lankans who are “Taking a Stand” for democracy

“Though I’m 92 years old, I feel I must make a stand for democracy.”

2 November 2018

“The people's voices” prevail: Sri Lanka's prime ministerial crisis to be put to a parliamentary vote

Sri Lanka's political crisis is halted as the president schedules a parliamentary vote to decide who should be the country's prime minister.

31 October 2018

One dead in Sri Lanka amidst a constitutional crisis

Power struggle between ousted Sri Lankan PM and newly appointed PM has led to the death of a protester in Colombo.

7 September 2018

South Asian governments keep ordering internet shutdowns — and leaving users in the dark

Advox

“Operators owe complete transparency to their users, as consumers who are paying them money and also in the interest of accountability.”

2 September 2018

For most Sri Lankans, bribery is just a fact of life

The establishment of a new Special High Court dedicated exclusively to hear cases of corruption spurs debate about the phenomenon's ubiquity in all sectors of society.

9 May 2018

An uneven playing field for female candidates in Sri Lanka

"They expect more women to come into politics, but when there's no support for us or action taken against harassers, we are left wondering if we are wasting our time."

27 April 2018

Telcos must disclose more data about internet shutdowns, say civil society groups

Advox

New research shows that the world's largest telecommunications companies disclose little to no information about their network shutdown policies and practices.

13 April 2018

Netizen Report: Around the World, Activists Demand Answers From Facebook

Advox

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.