A protest in Melbourne last month to stop the deportation of Tamil asylum seekers Priya and Nadesalingam back to Sri Lanka.
Australian government reports used to determine asylum claims often differ from human rights groups on the current political climate in countries like Sri Lanka.
The aftermath of anti-Muslim violence in Kandy.
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Fed by colonialism, civil war and online hate speech, Buddhist extremism in Sri Lanka has been on the march for decades.
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More and more radical scholars and activists in the West are rejecting human rights. Is this right?
Waste not, want not.
Artisanal fishers in Sri Lanka are throwing away more marine species than they keep.
Nationalist Buddhist monk Wirathu is the spiritual leader of the anti-Muslim movement in Myanmar.
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Ten years after the Saffron Revolution in Myanmar, some Theravāda Buddhist monks are now preaching violence against Muslim or Hindu minorities in the name of "holy war".
An aerial view of the Datong Panda Power Plant, Shanxi Province of China, 25 July 2017. The plant aims for a total capacity of 100MW upon completion.
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China has become a commanding authority in infrastructure and has the opportunity to shape global development in ways that may define the rest of the 21st century.
Suspected Somali pirates captured by the Dutch navy working under NATO command.
The tanker hijacking off the Somali coast will not be an isolated incident unless the international community remains engaged to root out piracy.
Human rights groups have warned against returning Sri Lankan refugees back to their country.
The Sri Lankan government has made little progress in providing accountability for wartime abuses.
A disempowering judgment by the Special Court for Sierra Leone should not blind us to how local activists still made use of its symbolic power.
How are we to understand why people in different parts of the world continue to demand and participate in transitional justice institutions and processes in spite of the shortcomings?
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Former prime minister Tony Abbott has penned an essay in Quadrant defending his government’s stance on national security. It betrays an extraordinarily open contempt for international human rights law…
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The world's biggest known sapphire was formed and shaped by natural processes millions of years ago.
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Sri Lanka's authoritarian former president failed to persuade his country to have him back. Could it herald a new era of progress?
From boom to bust: tiger prawn farming.
The tropical island was one of a number of countries that joined the goldrush of prawn farming in the 1980s and 1990s. New research lays plain the results.
The road to recovery is a long one for Nepal, which goes beyond the immediate priority of disaster relief.
Politics in Nepal will hinder relief and recovery efforts following the earthquake and its aftershocks. But look at it the other way around. Could the disaster help to resolve political problems?
A few more trees and a little less aircon and we’d all be in clover.
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Cities may only occupy about 2% of the world’s habitable land, but they are big drivers of global climate change. Cities are usually hotter than rural areas, and get referred to in the jargon as “urban…
For nearly a decade, the Rajapaksa oligarchy, led by now-defeated president Mahinda, had burrowed into the very bedrock of Sri Lankan politics.
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On Friday morning, with fewer than half the votes counted in Sri Lanka’s presidential election, incumbent president Mahinda Rajapaksa unobtrusively moved out of his official residence at Temple Trees in…
Say hello, wave goodbye.
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Sri Lanka’s president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, has been defeated in the country’s historic presidential elections. Sri Lankans are shocked at the scale and manner of Rajapaksa’s defeat, which has brought his…
Only a community development approach can truly result in ‘build back better’ when it comes to responding to natural disasters such as the Boxing Day tsunami.
There have been many natural disasters since the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, but none have exceeded it in the combination of scale and scope of its destructive impacts. The scale of devastation for coastal…
People celebrate Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai in her home town Mingora in Pakistan’s Swat valley. But history suggests the prize, shared with Kailash Satyarthi of India, is unlikely to reconcile their nations.
The awarding of a shared Nobel Peace Prize award to a 17-year-old Pakistani girl, Malala Yousafzai, and a 60-year-old Indian man, Kailash Satyarthi, is historic and aimed at conveying multiple messages…