Maithripala Sirisena

President Maithripala Sirisena’s office cited concerns over identification and national security in the wake of the deadly bombings.
In a since-deleted tweet, the president made his second major social media mix up concerning the deadly Easter attacks.
President Maithripala Sirisena imposed a state of emergency for seven days, aiming to stop the violence from spreading to other parts of the country.
So, don't be fooled by this recent announcement. Unfortunately, this looks like another cosmetic fix that's principally intended
Here's part of that Daily Mirror piece: "I have to say this clearly: some media behaved in an unacceptable manner abusing
Frankly, Mr. Sirisena's UN speech serves as yet another reminder that, even at the highest levels of government, Colombo
According to a group of Tamil human rights activists, Sri Lanka's incipient transitional justice process is deeply flawed. Several organizations have recently delivered a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon -- who just visited the war-torn island nation.
There is a need for a credible and independent mechanism to ensure that justice is done and seen to be done. Initially the
The coalition government has set out an ambitious transitional justice plan, including a truth commission and a judicial
This optimistic approach [suggesting that Sirisena could be Sri Lanka's Mandela] centers on two dynamics. First, Mr. Sirisena
Here's the last paragraph: Rebuilding democratic institutions, reestablishing rule-of-law and addressing the legacy of war
Sri Lanka's new government was supposed to prioritize anti-corruption and improved governance. Corruption was arguably the
These dubious arrests under the guise of "national security" are eerily reminiscent of Rajapaksa's reign. It's time for international actors to rethink what Sri Lanka's "democratic change" actually means and what might happen next.
The best way for the Sirisena administration to weaken the former president's hand is through a careful explanation its wide
In Sri Lanka, President Maithripala Sirisena had promised progress regarding Tamil political prisoners, although we've seen little of that. Unfortunately, the president's dithering project has continued -- with no end in sight.
For too long Sri Lanka's LGBT community have been excluded from the recognition and protections that they deserve.
The government's continued detention of these individuals is a matter of great concern for the Tamil community; over the past several months, there have been intermittent protests (throughout the historically Tamil Northern and Eastern Provinces) about this matter.
Colombo's recent decision is a setback for democracy in Sri Lanka. It will be interesting to see how journalists, members
Last year proved to be an unpredictable year for Sri Lankan politics. Mahinda Rajapaksa, the man who ended the country's civil war in 2009 was booted out of office by an unanticipated challenger, Maithripala Sirisena.
As an out gay teenager in Sri Lanka, I witnessed the fear that everyone like me lived in: the fear of a system that was never going to be on your side because your mere existence is treated with contempt. In 2016, we have the opportunity to change this.