Sri Lanka

by Arundathie Abeysinghe | SRI LANKA

The government and school authorities decided to crack down on the practice of "ragging", widespread in the country's universities. A phenomenon that causes thousands of school dropouts every year, but the most vulnerable struggle to overcome physical and psychological violence. The testimony to AsiaNews of three victims who still suffer from the disabling effects today.

by Melani Manel Perera

A procession remembering a minority leader who died in 1987 on a hunger strike stopped with violence. The accusations of a Tamil MP: 'It was the military that instigated them'. The distance between words on reconciliation after the civil war and the still open wounds.

| 18/09/2023
by Arundathie Abeysinghe

With entire neighbourhoods flooded, traffic has been halted for at least three hours. The drainage system is the main factor, as clogging in smaller channels impacts the entire system. Loss of natural habitat, illegal settlements, and poor maintenance are the main culprits.

| 13/09/2023
by Melani Manel Perera

After Channel 4's exposé calling former President Rajapaksa into question, the successor commissioned a committee headed by a former Supreme Court judge to review all information. But Card. Ranjith for an international inquiry into the massacres. Skepticism from victims' committees, "It will only serve to cover up the truth again."

| 11/09/2023
by Arundathie Abeysinghe

The island's 30 prisons can accommodate just over 13 thousand inmates, but as of today there are around 30 thousand. About half of these are in prison on remand, more than 20 thousand for drug trafficking. Among the proposals is the release of those who are under arrest for minor offenses.

| 08/09/2023
by Melani Manel Perera

An investigation aired yesterday on Channel 4 implicates the former president for the Colombo massacres. In a documentary with unreleased material, a source revealed that a meeting was arranged between the current intelligence chief and Islamic extremists. The current executive says it will support an international investigation, but ministers contradict each other.

| 06/09/2023
by Melani Manel Perera

Families of missing people marked International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances with two silent vigils outside Sri Lanka’s ministries of Justice and Foreign Affairs. Over the years, families have received no news or compensation from the government. Despite several obstacles, the Office remains the only hope to uncover the truth about the missing.

| 04/09/2023
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by Gianni Criveller
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| 01/10/2023
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| 28/09/2023
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| 26/09/2023
by Santosh Digal
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| 25/09/2023
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| 21/09/2023
by Dario Salvi
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| 19/09/2023
by Alessandra De Poli
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| 12/09/2023
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| 12/09/2023
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