Sri Lanka

‘Exercise restraint’ Guterres urges Sri Lankans, as political crisis deepens

United Nations chief António Guterres said on Sunday he was following Sri Lanka’s deepening political crisis with “great concern”, after a man was killed allegedly by a politician’s bodyguard, who reportedly fired on a crowd of demonstrators.

Pushing for a “feminist transformation of power” in Sri Lanka

The situation for women in Sri Lanka is not optimal. However, grassroots organizations, such as the Women and Media Collective, are working hard to remedy that – challenging patriarchal norms and advocating for policy change.

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Transfer of power essential to strengthen democracy, Sri Lankan President tells UN Assembly

Noting that history is marked with leaders who have sought to consolidate power within themselves, the President of Sri Lanka today underscored that as leaders come into power, they must yield it to build democratic institutions and safeguard democracies.

News in Brief 24 July 2017 (PM)

UN chief ‘strongly condemns’ terrorist attack in Pakistan

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UN rights expert warns torture routinely used against Sri Lankan security suspects

Concluding a five-day visit to Sri Lanka, a United Nations independent human right expert today noted “routine and endemic” use of torture against people detained on national security grounds.

Sri Lanka food production hit hard by drought, heavy rains: FAO

Nearly one million people in Sri Lanka are at risk of going hungry due to severe drought followed by heavy rainfall, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (

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Sri Lanka's food gap widens in wake of regional floods and drought, UN agencies warn

An extreme drought followed by floods has affected large swathes of cropland in Sri Lanka, United Nations agencies reported today, warning that the disaster threatens the food security of some 900,000 people.

UN and partners in Sri Lanka appeal for resources as receding floods reveal extent of damage

Following last month's severe flooding and landslides in Sri Lanka that impacted some 630,000 people, the United Nations and humanitarian partners today launched an urgent appeal for more resources to reach those in the worst-hit parts of the country with urgent assistance.

“Fabric” of Sri Lanka torn apart by deadly storm: UNICEF

Much of Sri Lanka’s infrastructure has been torn apart by the deadly Cyclone Mora which brought floods and mudslides in its wake at the end of May.

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News in Brief 6 June 2017 (AM) – Geneva

Mosul civilians lie dead in street: Zeid tells Human Rights Council

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