Locals displaced by the controversial Um Oya hydropower project have new homes in southern Sri Lanka. But, they say, their lives are far worse than before.
Water problems in the Bandagiriya area in southern Sri Lanka are a long-standing problem. Locals are suffering from kidney diseases as a result, among other problems.
In an interview, the leader of the Ealam Peoples’ Democratic Party talks about whether he thinks Sri Lanka will have to deal with another violent episode in the near future.
Sri Lanka’s many displaced locals are asking that the “right to a decent standard of living” be included in the country’s new constitution.
A lack of private sector opportunities and the security offered by a government job, means that unemployed youth in the north of the country are getting restless.
Former senior member of the government commission into fraud and corruption, Lacille de Silva, says that in Sri Lanka civil servants can never act independently.
Lawyer S.G. Punchihewa talks about whether the Sri Lankan government is trying to prevent the public from using the Right to Information Act.
Water can cause conflicts between communities but in one Sri Lankan case, it brought two antipathetic communities closer together.
Respected academic Saminathan Wimal talks about why Sri Lankans should not look offshore for answers to their problems with reconciliation.