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Elusive justice

Political rivalry casts a shadow on Colombo’s commitment to UNHRC to probe war crimes.

Sri Lanka seeks executioner with ‘excellent moral character’

President Maithripala Sirisena has vowed to re-establish hangings for drug traffickers as part of a broader anti-drug push. Sirisena, who is seeking re-election this year, told Parliament recently that the hangings would resume within months.


Citing drug crime, Sri Lanka plans first executions since 1976

The statement on the government's website said President Maithripala Sirisena would order the executions soon but did not say how the prisoners would be executed.

Sri Lanka Tamil leader questions Rajapaksa's statues as Opposition leader

The Tamil National Alliance's objection came even as Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has already announced Rajapaksa as Opposition leader.

Sri Lankans demand justice for slain, abducted journalists

Freddie Gamage, an organiser of the vigil said that despite being in power for four years, the current government "has miserably failed to fulfil its promise to punish those responsible for attacks on journalists.''

Sri Lanka court dismisses plea to check Sirisena's mental health

On October 26, President Sirisena, 67, sacked Wickeremesinghe as Prime Minister and replaced him with ex-strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa, triggering the never-seen-before political and constitutional impasse which lasted for over two months.


Sri Lanka: 2018 will be remembered for worst political crisis in history

President Maithripala Sirisena's dramatic move to sack Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and install former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa in his place following differences over policy issues left the country without a functioning government for nearly two months.

Sri Lankan president doubts he can work with reappointed PM

In his televised speech, Sirisena said his reasons for firing Wickremesinghe included a lack of interest in helping investigate an alleged insider trade during a bond issue, in which a former Central Bank governor who is a close friend of Wickremesinghe is implicated.

In Colombo, a way out

Supreme Court verdict could help bring back stability in Sri Lanka. Its leaders also need to course correct.

Sri Lankan Parliament dissolution 'unconstitutional', rules Supreme Court

A seven-member apex court bench said that the President cannot dissolve Parliament till Parliament completes a four-and-a-half year term, the Colombo Gazette reported.

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PM Narendra Modi in Sri Lanka; signs 4 agreements

Sri Lanka is the final stop of his three-nation tour of Indian Ocean island nations.

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Why there is a political storm in Sri Lanka

Over one weekend, there was a sudden change in the leadership in Sri Lanka. Here's what happened and how.