Sri Lanka

by Melani Manel Perera | SRI LANKA - IRAN

A quick visit to the island for the Iranian leader on his return from Pakistan. The focus of the day was the signing of five memoranda of understanding (MoUs) and the inauguration of a hydroelectric power plant. Analysts underline the Islamic Republic's attempt to strengthen relations with South Asia at a time of tensions in the Middle East, with heavy repercussions on international trade. 

by Melani Manel Perera

Local people suspect that companies in the area are releasing harmful chemicals into the waters. For days, fishermen have been calling for intervention by the authorities to understand what has led to the death of so many fish. 

| 11/04/2024
by Arundathie Abeysinghe

India ceded the atoll in 1974 when the Indian National Congress led by Indira Gandhi was in power. Experts believe the prime minister is using the issue to woo voters in India’s southern states ahead of national elections, set to start on 19 April.

| 10/04/2024
by Melani Manel Perera

At a press briefing in Colombo, the country’s Human Rights Commission called for changes to the school curricula to give a central place to human rights, highlighting the plight of marginalised groups, like Tamil plantation workers. Guidelines were presented last December, including on proper arrest procedures. About “24 people taken into custody died in detention,” Commission member Nimal Punchihewa lamented.

| 08/04/2024
by Melani Manel Perera

Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thero, secretary general of the Bodu Bala Sena, an organisation opposed to other religions in Sri Lanka, received two fines of 50,000 rupees each for defamatory comments about the Muslim community.

| 03/04/2024
by Arundathie Abeysinghe

The economic crisis pushes citizens to seek work abroad. Some fraudulent employment agencies lure needy people - both ex-military and civilians - to enlist in the foreign legions in Moscow and Kiev. This is the case of 55 Sinhalese who left on tourist visits. Nihal Thalduwa, deputy inspector of the DIG: 'Asked them between 250,000 and 500,000 rupees'. 

| 02/04/2024
by Melani Manel Perera

In the words issued by the Bishops' Conference, the request to 'alleviate the suffering of the people' who have been on their knees for years now due to the economic crisis. Renewed call for justice for the more than 275 victims of the massacre five years ago. A security plan for the rites of the Triduum has been put in place in the country.


| 29/03/2024
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