Sri Lanka situation update (28 October 2018)

On Sunday evening, President Sirisena issued a statement on national television in which he explained that he had taken the decision to remove Prime Minister Wickremesinghe following differences in “policy, culture, personality and conduct.” The President further...

What is happening in Sri Lanka?

Situation updates: ‘A retreat from the precipice. For now’, 19 December 2018 ‘Steps forward, steps backward’, 21 November 2018 ‘Plunging deeper into crisis’, 10 November 2018 8 November 2018 31 October 2018 28 October 2018 A...

Mixed messages: what now for justice in Sri Lanka?

It has been a confusing couple of weeks for those following Sri Lanka’s delicate progress back towards peace. Sri Lanka’s President gave two perplexing interviews in which he made troubling and factually inaccurate statements about how Sri Lanka is intending to deal...

The new government: is the situation in Sri Lanka better?

Every day we will be blogging one of our one-page mini essays that make up our media pack that accompanies the release of the UN report. You can download the entire pack here. Until recently, the family of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa dominated the Sri Lankan...

A Yardstick for change

UPDATE: here is our 100 days update   Sri Lanka has a new President, Maithripala Sirisena. He was elected, in significant part, by a population appalled by the racism, the slide into authoritarianism, the systematic violation of human rights, and the war crimes...