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Food crisis Sri Lanka Sri Lanka nears complete economic meltdown as food shortage worsens

After its foreign currency reserves dropped to USD 1.6 billion in November last year, Sri Lanka’s economic crisis has snowballed at an alarming rate with acute shortage of essential commodities, food and fuel

Sri Lankan students boycott graduation to protest appointment of monk as chancellor

A section of the students and faculty members boycotted the graduation ceremony at the University of Colombo to protest the appointment of a monk as university chancellor by the Rajapaksa government

Sri Lanka protests Sri Lankan public section workers stage strike seeking salary hike

After teachers and health workers, public sector workers in Sri Lanka struck working demanding higher wages in the face of repeated price hikes and an economic crisis

Tamil journalist attacked in Sri Lanka Media fraternity condemns military assault on Tamil journalist in Sri Lanka

Tamil journalist Viswalingam Viswachandran was reportedly attacked by military personnel while he was covering a memorial for those killed in the civil war in the northeastern Sri Lankan town of Mullaitivu 

Farmers protest in Sri Lanka As farmers protest in Sri Lanka after fertilizer ban, experts warn of food crisis

Fresh protests by farmers took place on November 10 in the aftermath of the Rajapaksa government’s ban on chemical fertilizers earlier this year which has added to the country’s ongoing economic crisis

Sri Lanka floods Heavy rainfall leaves 20 dead in Sri Lanka

At least 20 people have died due to heavy flooding in Sri Lanka, with thousands devastated across the country. The authorities have issued a level-2 warning over possible landslides in south-central areas of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Tamils tortured Tamil political detainees in Sri Lanka abused and tortured in custody, says report

As many as 15 Tamil political prisoners have testified to torture and sexual abuse by the Sri Lankan security forces. The revelations were part of a report released by the International Trust and Justice Project

Amid growing healthcare crisis Sri Lanka declares food emergency

The food emergency decree gives the Gotabaya Rajapaksa-led government sweeping powers to seize stocks of essential items such as rice, paddy, and sugar. The government has extended the nationwide lockdown till September 13

COVID-19 in Sri Lanka Public gatherings banned in Sri Lanka amid COVID-19 resurgence

Health experts have warned that if the present trend continues, the number of new COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka could increase to 6,000 per day by mid-September

Families of disappeared persons demonstrate in Sri Lanka’s Mullaitivu

Hundreds of Tamil families have been protesting in northern Mullaitivu for four years, demanding justice and campaigning to trace down the whereabouts of their family members

Sri Lanka’s human rights record comes under the scanner at UN Human Rights council

A resolution proposing scrutiny of the human rights violation in the country and for accountability of past violations will be voted on at the UN Human Rights Council in March

Bulldozed Mullivaikkal massacre memorial at Jaffna University to be rebuilt after protests

The memorial was dedicated to the thousands of Tamils who lost their lives in the final phase of the civil war. After attracting widespread protests and international condemnation, the VC agreed to rebuild the monument, pending approval from concerned authorities

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