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    Sri Lanka: Most Economically Free South Asian Nation

    Sri Lanka has maintained its position as the most economically free nation in South Asia, according to the 2014 Index of Economic Freedom. The country has a sustained annual growth rate of 6 percent since 2010 and continues to pursue economic reforms and liberalization. Despite a dip in its global … More

    Human Trafficking Still a Major Concern in Asia

    The release of the State Department’s latest Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP) revealed that Asia is home to some of the worst perpetrators of illegal human trafficking. China has now joined the ranks of Russia, North Korea, Iran, and a handful of other countries as Tier 3 violators of human … More

    Sri Lanka: Calling Attention to Human Rights

    The United States recently introduced its second United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution on Sri Lanka, calling attention to the government’s alleged violations of international human rights law. The resolution supports reconciliation efforts and requires government investigation into allegations of human rights abuses and indiscriminate killings of Tamil civilians … More

    Release of Sri Lankan War Hero a Victory; Keep up the Pressure

    Three days after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sri Lankan Foreign Minister G.L. Peiris met in Washington, D.C., to discuss Sri Lanka’s human rights record, former Sri Lankan Army General Sarath Fonseka was released from prison. Fonseka is viewed as a war hero by the Sinhalese majority for his … More

    Sri Lanka: Making Progress on Reconciliation

    Ever since Sri Lanka ended a two-and-a-half-decade civil war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE) in 2009, the government has faced questions about alleged violations of human rights and the killing of thousands of civilians during the war. Despite the Sri Lankan government’s initial resistance to exploring these … More

    The Ambassador Doth Protest Too Much

    Was it wise for the Obama administration to reverse the Bush administration’s policy of distancing the U.S. from the United Nations Human Rights Council? With the Council’s 15th session underway, it’s a question worth asking. The Council has been receiving more attention than unusual lately because the administration recently submitted … More

    Pardon of J.S. Tissainayagam is Positive Step for Sri Lanka

    Last week President Mahinda Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka issued a full pardon to J.S. Tissainayagam, a Tamil journalist who had spent 21 months in detention for his conviction under Sri Lankan anti-terrorism laws for criticizing the actions by the Sri Lankan army during the civil war with the Liberation Tigers … More