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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.

Interview + Keppapulavu Protest Leader

‘Bullying Cannot Intimidate Me’

The leader of protests in Keppapulavu which saw land returned to its rightful owners, tells The Catamaran why they were so successful.

Interview + Ex-Corruption Investigator:

Civil Servants Who Speak Out ‘Isolated, Then Beaten’

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.


Respected academic Saminathan Wimal talks about why Sri Lankans should not look offshore for answers to their problems with reconciliation.


In an exclusive interview, a Tamil MP from Vanni, Sivasakthi Ananthan, explains why he wants to “drain the swamp” in Sri Lankan politics.

Policy Advisor On Sri Lanka’s New Constitution:

‘We Need To Find A Position Both Parties Can Agree On’

Sri Lankan lawyer, Lal Wijenayake, the head of the Committee of Public Representations on Constitutional Reforms, explains why the country needs a new Constitution.


Local activist and politician Jeewani Kariyawasam talks about what she sees as the obstacles to true reconciliation.


The chief minister of Sri Lanka’s Northern Province, a Tamil-majority area, believes the only way to unite the country is by dividing it, with a federal system.

Interview + Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri:

Politicians Do What They Like, Civil Society Is Trapped

In a hard-hitting interview, Sri Lankan historian and activist Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri tells The Catamaran why promises for reconciliation are empty and civil society groups are useless.


The reconciliation process is going well in Sri Lanka but there is plenty that needs to be done, Rita Izsák-Ndiaye, the UN’s the Special Rapporteur on minority issues, says.


Reports from Kokeliya said that former Tamil Tigers were harassing Sinhalese newcomers. However it turns out the real story was about real estate, not racism.


Human rights activist and Anglican pastor, Marimuthu Sakthivel, believes around 150 political prisoners should be released immediately. In an interview, he explains why.


The displaced people in the north helped elect a progressive, new government. Though they are impatient, they still have faith that promises on land will be fulfilled.


A group of Sinhalese journalists visited a community of displaced Tamils in Mailadi. After a political discussion next to a military camp, the reporters made a solemn promise.