Tea estate workers have demanded an increase in their daily wages to a minimum of LKR 1,000 (USD 5.42). They have also complained about plantation owners imposing productivity demands and wage cuts
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s older brother, 74-year-old Mahinda Rajapaksa is predicted to lead his party, Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), to victory in the elections. The results will be announced late on Thursday
Rights groups are rallying in solidarity with journalists being persecuted for exposing wrongs committed by the Sri Lankan government
The appointment Gotabaya Rajapaksa as Sri Lankan president has further widened ethnic tensions in the country, though it remains to be seen to what degree
The vote was a huge blow for president Maithripala Sirisena and Rajapaksa, who was appointed prime minister in a move that has been termed unconstitutional
Rajapaksa’s presidency saw the brutal suppression of the armed group, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), massive human rights violations against the Tamil community, a huge rise in Sinhala ethnic chauvinism and a crackdown on media.