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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 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."

2 February 2018

Building Resilience: Responding to Cyber Violence in Sri Lanka

Groundviews interviews five Sri Lankan women who have been targeted online, often through vicious commentary on their appearance. Photos were taken by Sri Lankan artist, photographer, and writer Deshan Tennekoon.

7 January 2018

In Sri Lanka, Families of the Disappeared Treasure the Everyday Items Left Behind (Part Two)

"It’s the lack of progress on the part of the government which led to series of protests highlighting the plight of families of the disappeared, political prisoners...and land occupation."

22 December 2017

In Sri Lanka, Families of the Disappeared Treasure the Everyday Items Left Behind

"When we were displaced, this blazer and four sarees were all I had in a bag. This is all I have of his possessions."

12 December 2017

Right To Information Requests in Sri Lanka Reveals Process for Blocking Websites

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Information released by the Telecom Regulatory Commission revealed that from 2015 onward 13 websites had been blocked, including a number of websites publishing political news, and a few pornographic sites.

13 October 2017

The World’s First ‘EleFriendly Bus’ Curtails Human-Elephant Conflict in Sri Lanka

The human-elephant conflict has reduced by 80% since the Elefriendly Bus started running. In the first seven months, the number of conflicts fell from 83 to 21.

6 May 2017

The Objectification of Women in the Sri Lankan Press

The representation of women in Sri Lankan media over the years has breached many ethical standards, resulting in the reinforcement of negative stereotypes.

2 April 2017

The Evolution of Sri Lanka’s #Instameet

The fifth meeting of Instagram users took place in Negombo city in Sri Lanka. A notable change from the previous ones was the shift from using smartphones to cameras.

19 March 2017

In Northern Sri Lanka, Incidents of Military Intimidation Threaten Reconciliation

"There was clearly anger from the side of the military that people were getting their land back."

15 February 2017

Families in Sri Lanka Stand Up to the Soldiers Who Took Their Homes

Dozens of families in Sri Lanka have been protesting in front of an Air Force camp, demanding the return of their homes, which have been occupied since 2009.

13 November 2016

Two Slain Youth Become Tragic Symbols of Ongoing Police Brutality in Sri Lanka

This post by Raisa Wickrematunge originally appeared on Groundviews, an award-winning citizen journalism website in Sri Lanka. An edited version is published below as part of a content-sharing agreement with...

21 October 2016

Sri Lanka Pays the Price for Past Government's Extravagance

The huge sum of money spent canceling an order for new Airbuses could have funded a whole lot more.

22 September 2016

The Office on Missing Persons in Sri Lanka: A New Chapter or Another Empty Promise?

Thousands of people have disappeared in Sri Lanka since the 1980s stemming from conflict in the country, and their loved ones still don't know what happened.

24 August 2016

The ‘Different Yet Equal’ Protest Politics of Sri Lanka

The vigil highlighted that the insecurity felt by some Sinhala Buddhists continues to persist, despite the fact that they remain the country's majority community.

16 June 2016

Ramadan in Sri Lanka Is More Than You Think

Although Sri Lanka has grappled with divisions along ethnic and religious lines, in challenging times citizens do come together to help each other, casting aside their differences.

23 May 2016

A Celebration of Sri Lanka's Musical Diversity, From Traditional Drumming to Urban Rap

Let this collection of photos and audio transport you to the recent Galle Music Festival of Sri Lanka.

20 May 2016

Global Voices Partners With Groundviews From Sri Lanka

Global Voices and Groundviews have launched a partnership that will combine our focus on citizen media and Groundviews's analysis/expertise to bring our readers original and in-depth coverage from Sri Lanka.

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