Sri Lanka
Wickremesinghe under fire for arrest of student activists in Sri Lanka

The three arrested activists are: Wasantha Mudalige of the Inter University Students Federation (IUSF), Galwewa Siridhamma Thero of the Bhikku (Monks) Federation, and Hashantha Jawantha Gunathilake of the Kelaniya University Students’ Union.

Sri Lanka student activist arrest Student activists in Sri Lanka detained under draconian anti-terrorism law

The three activists were arrested from a student rally in Colombo on August 18 under a 72-hour detention order, while the police awaited approval for a 90-day detention order that was approved by President Ranil Wickremesinghe on August 22

Enforced disappearance Sri Lanka Families of disappeared persons rally in Sri Lanka, continue struggle for justice 

Last week, family members of disappeared persons marked the 2000th day of their struggle for justice. Tens of thousands of people were abducted during the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka and were never heard from again

Sri Lanka protesters assaulted Sri Lanka’s parliament to convene on Wednesday

Meanwhile, appeals for justice continue after the assault on protestors at the Galle Face site in Colombo in which around 50 people were injured and tents were torn down

Ranil Wickremesinghe Sri Lanka PM Ranil Wickremesinghe is elected president of Sri Lanka

Ranil Wickremesinghe won the presidential election held by secret ballot on Tuesday, July 20, after Gotabaya Rajapaksa stepped down from his position earlier this month. Wickremesinghe is to remain president for the rest of Rajapaksa’s term which is to end in 2024

Race for Sri Lankan presidency begins as Gotabaya Rajapaksa steps down

The resignation comes after Rajapaksa, who came to power with an unprecedented 6.9 million votes, fled the country on July 13 following massive protests

Sri Lankan president Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s resignation to be officially announced tomorrow

On Thursday, July 14, the speaker of the Sri Lankan parliament said that the resignation of President Mahinda Rajapaksa would be officially announced once legal formalities are concluded

Sri Lanka faces political uncertainty amid economic turmoil

With both Sri Lanka’s president and prime minister promising to resign, the question of who will form the next government is paramount even as the economic crisis continues unabated

Uncertainty prevails in Sri Lanka as protesters wait for president, PM to quit

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has said he will quit on July 13 and prime minister and his cabinet have also announced their resignations. In the event of these resignations, the parliament speaker will become the interim president

PM resigns, President flees: It’s all happening in Sri Lanka

In the wake of massive protests in Sri Lanka, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled his residence. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe announced his resignation to pave way for an all-party government

Sri Lanka crisis IMF releases statement after “significant progress” in talks with Sri Lanka, fuel supplies halted and schools closed

The lack of fuel has brought the entire nation to a halt and severely affected other sectors – one of them being education. Starting June 20, at least three universities and schools in the main cities have remained closed

Sri Lanka food crisis Multidimensional crisis of food insecurity in Sri Lanka, warns UN 

With nearly 5.7 million people in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, Colombo faces a serious challenge with food shortages, fall in agricultural production and destruction of livelihoods