The trigger was supposedly a road-rage incident, said to have involved members of Sri Lanka’s Muslim minority, near the popular tourist destination of Kandy. A lorry driver from the country’s biggest ethnic group, the Sinhalese, ended up dead. Angry Sinhalese mobs, urged on by Buddhist monks, began attacking mosques and businesses owned by Muslims, hurling […]

The last presidential election took place in November 2019. According to a survey conducted by ‘Democracy Reporting International’: Based on the 3,362 postings examined, activity on Facebook pages and groups surged between September and November 2019 by 310 percent and 226 percent, respectively, starting from when the dates for candidate nomination and election were revealed. […]

Theme= Socio-Economic Sri Lanka is experiencing severe food, fuel, and other basic shortages, as well as dramatic price increases and debilitating power outages, in its most painful slump since gaining independence from Britain in 1948. The day after a crowd attempted to attack his residence in Colombo, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa declared a state of emergency. […]

Theme: Socio-Economic The goal of the Essential Public Services Act (EPSA) proclamation is to end an indefinite strike by over 65,000 health professionals, including nurses, paramedics, public health inspectors, medical laboratory techs, and pharmacists. The president of Sri Lanka has outlawed strikes in the health and energy sectors in response to trade union action that […]

Theme: Public Health While communal tensions in Sri Lanka had reached a boiling point following the Easter Sunday suicide bombings of churches and hotels by Islamist militants on 21 April 2019, which killed 269 people and injured around 500, Dr. Segu Siyabdeen Mohamed Shafi, also known as Dr. Shafi, of government teaching hospital, Kurunegala, 105km […]

Theme: Human Rights For nearly 40 years, Sri Lanka’s Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) has allowed for extended arbitrary imprisonment, the extraction of false confessions through torture, and the targeting of minority populations and civil society organisations. After years of internal and international criticism, the Sri Lankan administration of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa issued a bill […]

Hejaaz Hizbullah is a Sri Lankan human rights lawyer. He has been a strong opponent of the country’s prejudice and violence against religious and ethnic minorities. Hejaaz Hizbullah was imprisoned without bail for 22 months under the 1979 Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) and released on bail on 9 February 2022. On 14 April 2020, […]