Former Sri Lanka president Mahinda Rajapakse’s brother Gotabhaya directed a top-secret death squad which targeted journalists and dissidents, a court was told Monday.
President Maithripala Sirisena came to power in Sri Lanka promising justice for war crimes, breaking from his hawkish predecessor and presenting the island with its first real shot at a lasting peace.
Sri Lankan legislators have joined fellow lawmakers from across South Asia to prioritize and safeguard children’s rights in the region, the UN children’s agency UNICEF said here on Monday.
Reports of abuses including torture remain widespread in Sri Lanka eight years after the end of a decades-long civil war, the UN said Friday, criticising the government’s slow progress in addressing wartime crimes.
Attackers opened fire on a prison bus outside Colombo on Monday, killing five prisoners and two armed guards in the worst gang-related violence to hit Sri Lanka in decades.
Some 709,400 people have been affected by the severe drought which has affected most parts of Sri Lanka, the Disaster Management Center (DMC) said on Tuesday.
The Sri Lankan navy on Thursday arrested 5 Indian fishermen for poaching illegally in local waters, the navy media unit said here.
Sri Lanka on Friday tightened the rules governing the around one million tuk-tuks — rickety three-wheel taxis — on its streets after road traffic accidents claimed a record 3,000 lives last year.
The European Commission on Wednesday proposed restoring tariff concessions for imports from Sri Lanka after scrapping them for seven years, as the new government pledged to improve human rights.
Sri Lanka police are bracing for a big protest Saturday by thousands of Buddhist monks and opposition supporters against a government decision to lease a major seaport to a Chinese-controlled venture.
Sri Lanka said on Monday that it has set a target of 2.5 million tourists in 2017 as the island nation was becoming a popular tourist destination.
Half of Sri Lanka’s public procurement contracts are tainted by bribery and corruption, President Maithripala Sirisena said Friday, nearly two years after he came to power promising to tackle government graft.