Alert for Sri Lanka
Government bans all tributes to Tamil Tigers - 26 November 2013:
The Sri Lankan government has banned all commemorations for the separatist Tamil Tigers following reports that the ethnic Tamil minority were planning to hold events to honour their former leader. The 30-year conflict ended in 2009, during the final siege of which the group's leader Velupillai Prabhakaran was killed.
Tamil party winds landslide in north Sri Lanka - 22 September 2013:
The Tamil National Alliance has won 30 out of 38 seats in the Northern Provincial Council elections, leaving President Rajapaksa's coalition with seven of the remaining seats. The vote comes four years after the army defeated the Tamil Tiger rebels and ended 26 years of separatist conflict.
Editor flees country after armed attack - 19 September 2013:
A senior Sri Lankan editor has fled the country following death threats and an armed attack on her house where she and here family were held at knife point. Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema, associate editor of the Sunday Leader newspaper, is reported to be the 80th journalist to leave the country since President Mahinda Rajapakse came to power in 2005.
Buddhist mob attack Colombo mosque - 11 August 2013:
At least 12 people have been wounded after a Buddhist mob attacked a mosque in the Grandpass area of Colombo. The Buddhists threw stones at the mosque and nearby houses during evening prayers on Saturday before clashing with police and local Muslim residents.
Tamil newspaper attacked by masked men in north - 3 April 2013:
Masked men have attacked the offices of a Tamil newspaper in northern Sri Lanka, beating members of staff and causing damage to the property. The owner of the pro-opposition Uthayan paper said the intruders entered the office in Kilinochchi around 04:30 on Wednesday morning.
Journalist wounded in Colombo shooting - 16 February 2013:
A newspaper journalist has been severely wounded in a shooting at his home in Colombo. Three unidentified gunmen stormed into Faraz Shaukarally's house in the city before opening fire.
Jaffna police arrest 'terrorist' students in Jaffna - 06 December 2012:
Police in the northern city of Jaffna have arrested around 25 people they claim are linked to 'terrorist' activities. The arrests follow last weeks clashes between students and security forces at Jaffna University after groups attempted to commemorate dead Tamil Tiger fighters.
Dozens killed in prison clashes - 11 November 2012:
At least 27 people have been killed after violence erupted at the Weilkada prison in Colombo. The clashes were sparked when police and prison staff came under fire from inmates on Saturday, which led to the army being brought in to restore order. Sri Lanka's main opposition group has described the deaths as a massacre.