Sri Lankan Tamils

Sri Lankan protesters hold placards at a demonstration in Colombo on May 21, 2019.

Sri Lanka’s Veil Ban Is Fueling Hate

Muslim women obeying new rules are still being assaulted and harassed.

Sri Lanka's newly appointed prime minister, Mahinda Rajapaksa, waves to supporters in Colombo on Oct. 29. (Ishara S. Kodikara/AFP/Getty Images)

Sri Lanka’s Political Shake-Up Is a Win for China

Former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa’s resurgence shows the limitations of U.S. economic diplomacy.

Sri Lankan women gather to demand peace talks between the government and Tamil Tiger rebels in Colombo on Dec. 10, 2004. (Sena Vidanagama/AFP/Getty Images)

Women Make Peace Stick

When only men sit at the negotiating table, cease-fires fall apart.

Sri Lanka army soldiers take up position in the north-eastern region of Weli Oya on March 27, 2008. Sri Lanka has launched a probe into a mystery poster campaign that is asking would-be Tamil Tiger suicide bombers to turn themselves in to government hands in return for cash. Tens of thousands have died since the LTTE launched an armed struggle in 1972, to carve out a separate homeland for minority Tamils from the majority Sinhalese community in the island's north and east. The Tigers are fighting for an independent homeland for minority Tamils from the majority Sinhalese community in the island's north and east.     AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

How Can Sri Lanka Demonstrate its Commitment to Peace?

As Sri Lanka deals with its violent past, incremental moves taken right now could lay the groundwork for the genuine peace.

Sri Lanka's former president Mahinda Rajapaksa lights a lamp in Colombo on May 18, 2015 in commemoration of those who died six years ago in battles between Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) fighters and government troops at the end of the three decades old separatist conflict.  Rajapaksa urged against any separatist wars in the future. The sixth anniversary of the killing of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) leader Velupillai Prabhakaran is being marked in the first anniversary of the event under the new government of President Sirisena. AFP PHOTO / ISHARA S. KODIKARA        (Photo credit should read Ishara S.KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

Rajapaksa on the Ropes

Sri Lanka's former president faces an uphill battle in his quest to become the country's next prime minister.

Sri Lanka's former president Mahinda Rajapaksa speaks in Colombo on May 18, 2015 in commemoration of those who died six years ago in battles between Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) fighters and government troops at the end of the three decades old separatist conflict.  Rajapaksa urged against any separatist wars in the future. The sixth anniversary of the killing of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) leader Velupillai Prabhakaran is being marked in the first anniversary of the event under the new government of President Sirisena. AFP PHOTO / ISHARA S. KODIKARA        (Photo credit should read Ishara S.KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

Sri Lanka: Back to the Future?

Sri Lanka's authoritarian former president is on the brink of a political resurgence. His electoral success would put a halt to the country's already troubled political reform process.

Sri Lankan war-displaced civilians peer from behind barbed wire fences surrounding their internment camp in Vavuniya on November 21, 2009. Sri Lanka said it plans to allow some 136,328 war-displaced civilians to come and go freely from their camps from December 1 with resettlement completed by January 31, 2010. Some 288,000 people were displaced when the conflict with separatist Tamil Tigers ended in May. AFP PHOTO/Ishara S. KODIKARA (Photo credit should read Ishara S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

Sri Lanka’s Wounds of War

The new Sri Lankan government must make reconciliation a top priority in order to move the country past a brutal, decades-long civil war.

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