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US Congressional Caucus hosts briefing on security sector reform in Sri Lanka

US Congressional Caucus hosts briefing on security sector reform in Sri Lanka

The U.S. Congressional Caucus on Ethnic and Religious Freedom in Sri Lanka hosted a briefing on security sector reform in Sri Lanka. The co-chairs of the Caucus, Representatives Bill Johnson (Republican – Ohio) and Danny Davis (Democrat – Illinois), gave opening remarks about the need …

The political crisis, and what it means for the Tamil community

The political crisis, and what it means for the Tamil community

In November 2014, Maithripala Sirisena, who was then a cabinet minister and member of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, broke ranks with his leader, President Mahinda Rajapaksa, and agreed to be the common presidential candidate of the Opposition, led by the United National Party. Sirisena …

Plantation unions move to shutdown wage struggle amid political crisis

Plantation unions move to shutdown wage struggle amid political crisis

Sri Lankan plantation unions have aligned themselves with different political factions in the bitter conflict raging inside the country’s ruling elite and are now attempting to suppress the plantation workers’ fight for a 100 percent increase in their daily wage. On October 26, President Maithripala …

A worried India keeps a close watch

A worried India keeps a close watch

A worried India is keeping a close watch on Sri Lankan politics, following fresh reports of horsetrading and deal-making after President Maithripala Sirisena decided to convene Parliament on November 14, sidestepping appeal by sacked PM Ranil Wickremesinghe’s party for an early session. United National Party …

Why the US’s policy on Sri Lanka needs a reset

Why the US’s policy on Sri Lanka needs a reset

When Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena unexpectedly replaced Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe with strongman and former-President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Oct 26, the move was seen as the fallout from internal rivalry caused by domestic issues such as corruption, poor economic performance and political power play. …

A Tussle Between Parties?

A Tussle Between Parties?

The answer to Sri Lanka’s current political crisis is complex. The split between United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) and United National Party(UNP) turned into a struggle for power between the Sri Lankan President Sirisena, the leader of UPFA alliance comprising the Sri Lanka Freedom Party(SLFP) …

EU will consider stripping duty-free access

EU will consider stripping duty-free access

The European Union will consider stripping Sri Lanka of its duty-free access if it backs off commitments on rights, the EU ambassador said, amid worries stoked by the president’s replacing of the elected premier by a wartime nationalist. The European Union is worried the return …

United States believes the determination on the Prime Minister should be made in accordance with the Sri Lankan Law by Parliament

United States believes the determination on the Prime Minister should be made in accordance with the Sri Lankan Law by Parliament

Deputy Spokesperson at the Department of State Robert Palladino speaking at the US State Department Press Briefing on 30 October said the United States believes the determination on the Prime Minister should be made in accordance with the Sri Lankan law and due process and the members …

What’s happening in Sri Lanka?

What’s happening in Sri Lanka?

The surprise sacking of a prime minister; the return of a controversial leader; mass protests; a deadly shooting and warnings of a “bloodbath” – in just a few days, Sri Lanka has plunged into a bitter power struggle that risks undermining stability in the South …

In the grips of a full-blown political crisis

In the grips of a full-blown political crisis

Sri Lanka is entering the most perilous and uncertain phase of its sudden political crisis as the struggle to demonstrate who is the nation’s legitimate prime minister moves from the halls of government to the streets. Two men claim to be the country’s prime minister: …