Witness to Thileepan’s fast

‘As we entered the premises of the Nallur Kandasamy temple we were confronted by a sea of people seated on the white sands under the blazing sun.’

Fear dogs Mannar rape trial

The difficulty in bringing the Sri Lankan military personnel responsible for rights abuses to justice was highlighted last week when one victim in a high profile rape case disappeared and the other reported receiving death threats.

‘I was screaming and pleading’

A victim remembers a night in Sri Lankan military custody

Remembering Nagarkovil

'The scene of the attack was visited by the International Red Cross. Pieces of human flesh were found strewn around the area including the tree branches'

Aid fiasco in Sri Lanka

A sweeping investigation into the Sri Lankan government’s use of international tsunami-related aid has found widespread misappropriation of funds and bureaucratic incompetence, an interim report released this week says.

‘Safest bank’ in Sri Lanka does roaring trade

The February 2002 truce has sparked a demand for credit with more people borrowing either to rebuild their homes, set up business or buy goods such as solar-electricity panels.

UN reforms receive mixed response

What did the secretary general ask for - and what did he eventually get?

Poles apart. And a widening gap.

Sri Lanka's two Presidential candidates are campaigning on the same themes. But they have nothing in common - and it's not just a question of policies.

TRO abroad: prejudice drives confusion

Despite having earned the respect of its fellow relief agencies through its dedication and professionalism, the TRO continues be vilified by Sinhala nationalists, including the mainstream press in Sri Lanka.

‘There is no place for moderates’

In the past two weeks, Mr. Rajapakse has nailed his colours – a deep shade of saffron - to the mast.