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Sri Lanka army accused of harassing, intimidating Tamil voters (PHOTOS)

"We learned that opposition candidates and their supporters, as well as voters at large, faced instances of intimidation and harassment," the Commonwealth Observer Mission to the elections wrote in its preliminary findings.

UN Human Rights Commissioner: ‘democracy has been undermined’ in Sri Lanka

“I was concerned to hear about the degree to which the military appears to be putting down roots and becoming involved in what should be civilian activities, for instance education, agriculture and even tourism,” PIllay said.

Buddhist attack on Sri Lanka mosque heightens tensions

At least five people were hurt in the Sri Lankan capital Saturday after a Buddhist mob threw stones at a mosque during evening prayers.

Sri Lanka orders probe into war-time disappearances

The president made the decision after being pressured by the United Nations and the West to address alleged rights abuses during the nearly three-decade war, which came to an end in 2009.

Global community must act to protect human rights defenders from restrictions and attacks

Commentary: New report documents increasing harassment and reprisals of rights workers.
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A Bangladeshi woman uses her cell phone as she holds a portrait of her missing sister, believed trapped in the rubble 60 hours after an eight-storey building collapsed in Savar, on the outskirts of Dhaka, on April 26, 2013. (MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
The global community must act to protect human rights defenders and civil society organizations from unprecedented restrictions and attacks. The work of human rights defenders – including journalists, lawyers and advocates – is crucial to upholding human rights and the rule of law. Despite this, around the world we bear witness to an increase in attacks and reprisals against human rights defenders, together with an expansion of laws that restrict and impair the work of non-government organizations.
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Sri Lanka official apologizes for naming cyclone after King Mahasen

Director-general of the meteorology department SH Kariyawasam said he was sorry "if any insult was caused to King Mahasen or the country's proud history."

Sri Lanka denies British tourist entry for 'disrespect' to Buddhism

A Sri Lankan immigration official said the man spoke 'very disrespectfully' about his tattoo of a Buddha.

Why Britain’s arrest of Nepali army colonel should serve as lesson for South Asia

Commentary: A rare example of bringing justice to those who torture detainees.
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A former Nepali Maoist combatant holds the Nepalese flag as he marches during a special function at the Shaktikhor cantonment site in the Chitwan District of Nepal, some 170 km south of Kathmandu, on Jan. 22, 2011. (Prakash Mathema/AFP/Getty Images)
The situation in Nepal reflects an entrenched culture of political intrusions in the region’s judicial systems, with a long history of intervention from the highest levels of governments in the South Asia region. Most governments there have yet to accept that torturing detainees is a grave crime under international laws — to which they are signatories.
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Sri Lanka journalist shot in neck

A doctor at the hospital where he was treated said he is now in stable condition after surgery to remove a bullet from his neck.

Sri Lanka monks get 'healthy' menu for alms

Those who donate food to the monks as part of religious tradition tend to give food that is high in sugar and fat, increasing the chances of monks developing preventable health conditions like heart disease and diabetes.
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