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Sri Lanka Civil War

Understanding India's UN Abstention on Sri Lanka

Ronak D. Desai | Posted 04.01.2014 | World
Ronak D. Desai

In a move that appeared to surprise both Washington and Colombo, however, New Delhi abstained from voting on the UN resolution. What explains New Delhi's decision?

Shared Buddhist-Hindu Goddess Offers Hope For Interfaith Future

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 03.24.2014 | Religion

Hindus and Buddhists in Sri Lanka may have been divided through political strife over the years, but they have one important thing in common. Her name...

Tensions Rise Between the United States and Sri Lanka Over Human Rights

Ronak D. Desai | Posted 02.26.2014 | Politics
Ronak D. Desai

Allowing these war crimes allegations to go unaddressed would undermine important international legal norms while rendering true reconciliation in the country an even more remote prospect.

A Good Neighbor

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 11.23.2013 | World
Siddharth Chatterjee

While foreign-born "natives" imagine India with grand religious tradition or Bollywood songs, to people in places like Sri Lanka, India is a neighborhood bully -- an interfering sibling at best and a manipulative oppressor at worst.

The Other Two-State Solution: After 56 Years, Sri Lanka

Connor Ryan | Posted 10.08.2013 | World
Connor Ryan

Sri Lanka serves as a powerful example of what can come when two peoples share the same territory and yet possess different religions, cultures, and languages.

The real MIA in Sri Lanka: Basic Human Rights

Jack Healey | Posted 04.21.2013 | World
Jack Healey

It always starts with James Franco, doesn't it? "Pineapple Express," a Franco and Seth Rogen vehicle that came out in 2008, used "Paper Planes" in a r...

Remnants of Sri Lanka's Civil War

Dinouk Colombage | Posted 04.07.2013 | World
Dinouk Colombage

Travelling up to the northern region of Sri Lanka earlier in the month gave me an opportunity to ascertain how far along the rebuilding has progressed. My last visit to Jaffna was back in 2011, in the past two years much had been achieved in the way of developing the infrastructure.

UN Failed To Protect Sri Lankan Civilians, Report Says

Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 11.13.2012 | World

For more than 25 years, Sri Lanka was embroiled in a bloody civil war that claimed tens of thousands of lives. By the time the conflict ended in 2009,...

Storied Nature Of Human Nature

William Grassie | Posted 05.15.2012 | Religion
William Grassie

By my rough estimation, we spend perhaps 50 percent or more of our waking hours in storytelling. Humans make stories but, in some sense, we are also made by our stories.

Protecting Human Rights in Sri Lanka

Karunyan Arulanantham | Posted 09.19.2011 | World
Karunyan Arulanantham

The U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue must include a strategy for protecting human rights and fundamental democratic principles in Sri Lanka.

Two Years After Civil War, Sri Lanka Is Far From True Peace: Think Tank

AP | Posted 09.18.2011 | World

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- Sri Lanka's postwar policies are a hindrance to reconciliation between the country's embittered ethnic communities, two years af...

Sport Is More Than Just a Game

Nik Darlington | Posted 09.06.2011 | Sports
Nik Darlington

On Monday evening, Sri Lankan cricketer Kumar Sangakarra delivered what Peter Roebuck has described as "the most important speech in cricket history."

Graphic Sri Lankan Video Believed To Show Executions

AP | By FRANK JORDANS | Posted 07.31.2011 | World

GENEVA -- A U.N. expert called Tuesday for Sri Lanka to investigate and file charges against soldiers shown in a graphic video shooting bound, blindfo...

Without Witness and Victim Protection, No Hope for Justice in Sri Lanka

Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza

In many developing Asian countries, including Sri Lanka, the failure to pass and enforce victim and witness protection laws remains one of the major obstacles to the rule of law.

Treading Water in Sri Lanka

Peter Henne | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Peter Henne

The aftermath of the Sri Lankan civil war presents significant implications for the international community concerning counterinsurgency, terrorism and refugee flows.

Sri Lanka Killed Tens Of Thousands Of Civilians, Committed War Crimes: Human Rights Group

AP | KRISHAN FRANCIS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — An international rights group said Monday there were "reasonable grounds" to believe Sri Lankan forces committed war crimes...

Sri Lanka's Defining Moment?

Sandeep Gopalan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sandeep Gopalan

There are allegations that the media in Sri Lanka has been intimidated through killings, torture, disappearances and detentions. Accurate reporting is the casualty.

Sec. Clinton's shot at uncovering justice for Sri Lanka's war crimes

Amnesty International | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amnesty International

In the context of Amnesty International's global campaign to establish an international, independent investigation into alleged war crimes in Sri Lank...

A Year After Defeating Terrorism, Sri Lanka Embodies Hope and Change

Gamini Lakshman Peiris | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Gamini Lakshman Peiris

I believe the painful shared memories of the past era of terror will drive our country on to many more years of peace and prosperity. We welcome international support and assistance as we work towards this enduring goal.

Sri Lanka's Civil War Legacy One Year Later

Bennett Ramberg, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bennett Ramberg, Ph.D.

The thousands of civilians reportedly killed in the final months of the Sri Lanka civil war that ended one year ago this month marks the last sad chapter in this thirty year bitter conflict.

Sarath Fonseka, Sri Lanka Election Loser, Arrested

AP | KRISHAN FRANCIS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka's defeated presidential candidate was hauled from his office by military police Monday and will be court-martiale...

7 Humanitarian Crises You Shouldn't Forget

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

It's been three weeks since the disastrous 7.0 earthquake leveled much of Haiti. Despite hundreds of millions in donations, Haiti is already beginning...

Sri Lanka Prepares To Elect First President After Defeat Of Tamil Tigers

BBC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Voters in Sri Lanka are preparing to choose their next president after a bitter election campaign....

Sri Lanka's New UN Ambassador Says Sri Lanka Has a New Circle of Friends in the East

Anuradha K. Herath | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Anuradha K. Herath

Palitha Kohona says that as western countries began to pull away from Sri Lanka during the height of violence in the country, the government turned to new friendships in the east.

"We Don't Want Development, We Want Our Rights!"

Nimmi Gowrinathan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Nimmi Gowrinathan

The message shouted from an elder woman was clear as she harassed a worker attempting to install latrines that would signal a longer, more permanent, residence in unlivable Sri Lankan internment camps.