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Sri Lanka Violence

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...

Worrying Trends in the World of Religious Liberty

Dwayne Leslie | Posted 03.19.2014 | Religion
Dwayne Leslie

The new report released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center's Religion and Public Life Project highlights a number of troubling trends that should concern anyone -- whether private citizen or public official.

Brutality and Violence Escalate in Sri Lanka: Prominent Activists and Journalists Targeted

Kiri Westby | Posted 12.22.2012 | World
Kiri Westby

In Sri Lanka, those who worked tirelessly to help end the decades-long war are losing the very thing they've fought for, peace and reconciliation.

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.

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.

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 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...

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.

Sri Lanka Video Shows Executions, Alleges Report

Al Jazeera | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The Sri Lankan High Commission has denied its forces carried out atrocities against ethnic Tamils after a video apparently showing a man being execu...

Why Refugees Need to Make a Living

Dale Buscher | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dale Buscher

It is time to implement interventions that are tailored to the local context, that build on the refugees' existing skills, and that match local market demand.

A Tamil Tragedy

James Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
James Ross

Holding several hundred thousand civilians under lock and key, the government is keeping the survivors of the fighting from telling their stories to the media and human rights groups.

Securing Peace and Human Rights in Sri Lanka

Balakrishnan Rajagopal | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Balakrishnan Rajagopal

The Tamil people need to see concrete improvement in their livelihood and economic security swiftly, in order to begin to trust the Sri Lankan government's intentions.

Tamil Tiger Leaders Were Shot 'While Trying To Surrender': Rebels Claim

Telegraph | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A pair of Tamil Tiger leaders were shot dead as they tried to surrender following desperate last-minute negotiations to guarantee their safety, it was...

Sri Lankan Military Fights To Surround Reeling Tamil Tigers

AP | BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka's military said it took control of the island's entire coastline Saturday and cut off any sea escape for Tamil Ti...

Sri Lanka Shelling: Doctors Flee From Last Hospital

AP | KRISHAN FRANCIS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Thousands of civilians waded across a vast lagoon under a hail of rebel gunfire Thursday, breaking out of Sri Lanka's war z...

Sri Lankan Civilians Now Able To Flee Safely, Government Says

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

At least 1,500 civilians who had been trapped in Sri Lanka's shrinking war zone managed to flee on Thursday, the country's military said, as its force...

Sri Lanka Hospital Attack Kills Over 50 Civilians

AP | RAVI NESSMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Artillery shells tore through a hospital packed with wounded civilians in Sri Lanka's war zone for a second day Wednesday, ...

Sri Lanka Safe Zone Attack: '1,000 Civilians Killed'

Guardian | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Doctor reports hundreds of bodies being brought to hospital as UN says feared bloodbath has now become reality...

Sri Lankan Tamil Tigers Civilian Treatment Sparks Concern (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

As the civil war in Sri Lanka between the government and the Tamil Tiger rebel group rages on -- with the army refusing the Tigers' proposed ceasefire...

Sri Lanka Admits To Bombing Safe Zone

Al Jazeera | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The Sri Lankan government has admitted carrying out air raids in the so-called no-fire zone in the country's northeast, where the army is battling Tam...

Tigers End Game In Sri Lanka

James Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
James Ross

One might think that no one would shed a tear for the insurgents, but support for the Tamil Tiger cause remains strong for many Tamils in Sri Lanka and among the large Tamil diaspora.

Sri Lanka To Cease Airstrikes, Shelling But Rejects Cease-Fire

AP | RAVI NESSMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka agreed to stop firing heavy weapons into the northern war zone to safeguard thousands of civilians trapped there,...

Sri Lanka: Nearly 6,500 Civilians Dead And 50,000 Still Trapped, Reports UN

AP | ERANGA JAYAWARDENA | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

PUTTUMATTALAN, Sri Lanka — Hundreds who fled intense fighting in Sri Lanka's war zone were awaiting evacuation from this tiny coastal village as...