Tamil politicians requested Sri Lankan President Rajapaksa to continue the practice of singing the Tamil translation of the national anthem, recognised by the constitution to give the community a sense of belonging.
The Crime Investigation Department’s Nishantha Silva slipped out of the country with his family days after Gotabaya Rajapaksa was sworn in as the new president.
Gotabaya Rajapaksa spearheaded the military operation that ended his country's years-long insurgency but alienated minorities along the way.
Sluggish economic growth, national security, endemic corruption and deep ethnic and religious divisions in the South Asian nation will be key issues at the upcoming polls.
From dealing with the trauma of disappeared family members to clearing landmines off the fields, the post-war struggle in the country is still on.
Sacred structures have become the repeated scenes of trauma from Iraq, New Zealand, France to Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka’s civil war may have ended 10 years ago but allegations of torture are still being documented.
The UN has accused the Sri Lankan military of killing thousands of civilians, mostly Tamils, in the last weeks of the civil war with Tamil separatists that ended in 2009.
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