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

A Hero’s Farewell

“The reconciliation process will be disturbed if Tamil youth in the North fall prey to people with ulterior motives,” warned Lt.Col. Rathnapriya Bandu, “due to unemployment and a lack of financial support.” Bandu, the former commanding officer of the Civil Defence Force (CDF) in Mullaithivu, Kilinochchi and Jaffna told The Catamaran cautionary tales about the […]

18.06.2018
The Crusaders for Democracy accept a united Sri Lanka but one with more rights for Tamils.

Ithayalal: “We have to solve the problems of Tamils within our country.”

Former cadres of the now defunct Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) who have formed the Crusaders for Democracy (CFD) have been able to secure some slots in the local government bodies in the North and the East. CFD has urged the Tamil diaspora to leave their comfort zones and return to Sri Lanka to serve Tamils living in poverty and ex-LTTE cadres who lack employment opportunities.

18.06.2018

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.

27.02.2018

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.

29.01.2018

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.

22.01.2018

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.

13.11.2017

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.

09.10.2017

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

02.10.2017

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.

25.09.2017

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.

08.08.2017

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.

08.08.2017
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.

10.07.2017
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.

26.06.2017

Lawyer S.G. Punchihewa talks about whether the Sri Lankan government is trying to prevent the public from using the Right to Information Act.

11.06.2017

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

11.06.2017

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

30.05.2017