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Sri Lanka has not implemented the death penalty in 40 years. The current President and his cabinet, however, want to re-activate it for 19 people convicted of drug-related crimes.


After India’s Supreme Court ruled that homosexuality was not a crime, The Catamaran asked academics what that ruling could mean for Sri Lanka.


Sathivel, Secretary for the National Organisation for the Release of Political Prisoners says that reconciliation has not happened yet.


When commanding officer Rathnapriya Bandu was transferred, residents in 3 districts sobbed at a reception held in his honor.


Although Sri Lanka has a compulsory quota to include women in politics, female candidates still had a tough time in recent elections, as both Sinhalese and Tamil journalists report.


As Sri Lanka develops and there is more deforestation, elephants pushed out of their habitat are becoming more dangerous. Locals say authorities are doing nothing to help them.


New rules for upcoming local elections say a quarter of those elected should be women. This is both harder than it looks, and easier, activist Kumudini Samuel says.


It can be hard to get a clear idea of the truth in Sri Lankan media when so many political agendas are at play. The local media have a clear duty, a young journalist writes.


The head of Sri Lankan media monitoring organization, Ethics Eye, explains why it is dangerous for the government to get involved in policing local journalists.


There are many rules around English, Tamil, and Sinhalese. The problem is that none of them are properly used, experts say.


In Sri Lanka’s Parliament, the hardest jobs are not done by the MPs. They are performed by interpreters who offer simultaneous translation in three languages.


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.