Sri Lanka


article 17 August 2015 World, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka elections: Rajapaksa's return?

Sri Lankans finish voting to elect a new parliament in what could herald a comeback for ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa, a man accused of overseeing war crimes at the end of the country's civil war.

article 28 July 2015 World, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka justice: leaked UN document casts doubts

A leaked UN document raises concerns over the prospects for genuine justice for the Sri Lankan victims of alleged war crimes, writes Callum Macrae.

article 19 March 2015 World, Sri Lanka
'Tortured' UK asylum seeker gets deportation reprieve

A Sri Lankan Tamil asylum seeker who claims to have suffered extensive torture before escaping to the UK has won a last minute reprieve just hours before he was due to be forcibly deported.

article 10 March 2015 UK, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena
Is Sri Lanka changing under President Sirisena?

David Cameron praises the "open and progressive stance" taken by new Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena as the pair meet in the UK - but how is Sri Lanka changing?

article 07 March 2015 Sri Lanka
Protesters call for release of Balendran Jeyakumary (Getty)
Tamil mother is refused bail despite pleas to president

Sri Lanka's new president fails to free Tamil campaigner Balendran Jeyakumary despite a heartfelt appeal from her family.

article 14 January 2015 Sri Lanka
The civil war that 'tore open heart' of Sri Lanka - Pope

Pope Francis visits a former war zone in northern Sri Lanka, preaching forgiveness at a Catholic shrine that was shelled during the country's long ethnic conflict.

article 09 January 2015 World, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka's defeated president Mahinda Rajapaksa
Sri Lanka votes out Rajapaksa

Sri Lanka's Mahinda Rajapaksa, a man accused of presiding over multiple war crimes, has lost his bid for a third term as Sri Lanka's president.

article 08 January 2015 World, Sri Lanka
A police officer outside a Sri Lankan polling station (Reuters)
by Sri Lanka's election: dog heads, threats and Charlie Hebdo

As voting closes in Sri Lanka's elections, the biggest challenge to Mahinda Rajapaksa's presidency in 15 years, there are accusations of violent intimidation and misuse of public property.

article 07 January 2015 World, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka presidential election candidates Maithripala Sirisena and Mahinda Rajapaksa
Sri Lanka's election could change everything... and nothing

On Thursday, Sri Lanka goes to the polls in an extraordinary presidential election which could change everything but, perversely, change nothing, writes Callum Macrae.

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