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Prices Rose and Protests Convulsed South Asia in 2022
December 30, 2022

Prices Rose and Protests Convulsed South Asia in 2022

By Sudha Ramachandran
Depleting foreign exchange reserves forced several countries, including Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Pakistan, to turn to the IMF.

Amnesty International Urges Sri Lanka to Drop Terror Charges Against 2 Protest Leaders
November 17, 2022

Amnesty International Urges Sri Lanka to Drop Terror Charges Against 2 Protest Leaders

By Bharatha Mallawarachi
It also called for the repeal of the harsh, civil war-era Prevention of Terrorism Act, under which the two protest leaders are being held.
Sri Lankans Rally to Demand Release of 2 Protest Leaders
November 03, 2022

Sri Lankans Rally to Demand Release of 2 Protest Leaders

By Bharatha Mallawarachi
Rights groups say the military has sought to curb protests through intimidation, surveillance, and arbitrary arrests since Ranil Wickremesinghe became president in July.

Wickremesinghe Faces Steep Challenges as Sri Lanka’s President
July 22, 2022

Wickremesinghe Faces Steep Challenges as Sri Lanka’s President

By Krishan Francis and Elaine Kurtenbach
Hours after his swearing-in, he sent troops and police to force protesters out of the main protest sites in Colombo.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa Flees Sri Lanka
July 13, 2022

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa Flees Sri Lanka

By Krishan Francis and Krutika Pathi
Public ire turns against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who has been appointed acting president.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa Is Finally Resigning. What’s Next for Sri Lanka?
July 11, 2022

Gotabaya Rajapaksa Is Finally Resigning. What’s Next for Sri Lanka?

By Rathindra Kuruwita
The country needs a credible government that enjoys legitimacy in the eyes of the people. Forming one will be a herculean task.

Sri Lanka Holds its Breath as New PM Fights to Save Economy
June 06, 2022

Sri Lanka Holds its Breath as New PM Fights to Save Economy

By Bharatha Mallawarachi and Krutika Pathi
Financial hardship persists but there is growing hope among Sri Lankans that Ranil Wickremsinghe will see them through the tough times.
Bhavani Fonseka Explains Sri Lanka’s Protests
April 26, 2022

Bhavani Fonseka Explains Sri Lanka’s Protests

By Shannon Tiezzi
“The political and economic crisis have exposed the multiple failures of the Gotabaya Rajapaksa presidency.”

Sri Lanka Police Open Fire on Protesters; 1 Dead, 10 Injured
April 20, 2022

Sri Lanka Police Open Fire on Protesters; 1 Dead, 10 Injured

By Krishan Francis and Bharatha Mallawarachi
It was the first shooting by security forces amid weeks of protests against the Rajapaksa government and a worsening economic crisis.

Sri Lanka’s Oppressive Stability Starts to Crumble
April 12, 2022

Sri Lanka’s Oppressive Stability Starts to Crumble

By Isha Gupta
Facing Sri Lanka's worst economic crisis, the Rajapaksa family's appeals to national security and Sinhala Buddhist nationalism may no longer be enough to keep them in power.

Sri Lanka’s Leaderless Protests
April 12, 2022

Sri Lanka’s Leaderless Protests

By Rathindra Kuruwita
The leaderless nature of the protests was part of the attraction for many Sri Lankans. But leaders need to emerge if the movement is going to succeed in bringing about political change.
Sri Lanka Opposition Rejects Proposed Unity Government
April 05, 2022

Sri Lanka Opposition Rejects Proposed Unity Government

By Krishan Francis
On Sunday, after large protests, all 26 Cabinet ministers resigned. President Rajapaksa's proposed unity government was refused and protests continue.

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