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Shiran Illanperuma

Shiran Illanperuma

Environment & Wildlife

Trade In The World’s Most Trafficked Animal Has Come To Sri Lanka

Earlier this year, a Sri Lankan woman was nabbed by Customs at Bandaranaike International Airport while attempting to smuggle 11 kgs of pangolin scales…

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Sri Lanka’s Bottom Trawling Ban Explained

Sri Lanka has finally banned bottom trawling, becoming one of a handful of states throughout the world to do so. The ban was implemented…

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Burning Brides: Domestic Violence And The MMDA

Reporting from Kattankudy and Puttalam The Night of Destiny—this is what Muslims call the 27th night of the holy month of Ramadan. It is…

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A Hundred Days Of Protest, Still No Answers

Reporting from Kilinochchi On May 30, around 1,000 protesters from across the North-East, converged with families of the disappeared in Kilinochchi to mark 100…

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Trials Of Memorialisation Continue In The North-East

Reporting from Mullivaikkal, Mullaitivu The harassment of a Jesuit priest, organising a memorial service to mark the brutal end of the Civil War—where at…

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Why A Leaked Counterterrorism Policy Has Civil Society Spooked

“It’s not something one easily forgets,” says Ruki Fernando, as he recalls his arrest and detention under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), in…

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What The Murder Of One Maldivian Blogger Means To Another In Exile

On Saturday, April 22, Maldivian social media activist and blogger Yameen Rasheed was writing a recommendation letter to help old friend and self-exiled activist,…

Features

A Dengue Vaccine Exists, But Sri Lanka Has Yet To Approve It

Sri Lanka has seen an unprecedented outbreak of dengue this year, overwhelming hospitals throughout the country. Since January 2017, the Epidemiology Unit of the…

Environment & Wildlife

Who Should Deal With The Human-Elephant Conflict?

It was 2:30 a.m., in rural Anuradhapura, when M. Dharmasena woke to the sound of his wife’s piercing screams. Before he could react, a…

Environment & Wildlife

Alien Invasion: Seven Foreign Fauna in Sri Lanka

Islands are host to unique and fragile ecosystems. Sri Lanka is no different, being home to innumerable species of flora and fauna that have…

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How Sri Lanka Commissions Away The Disappeared

Parliament last year approved the establishment of a Permanent Office for Missing Persons (OMP), in an attempt to address the country’s ugly legacy of…

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In Post-war Sri Lanka, Returning IDPs Face Fresh Challenges

Reporting from Keppapulavu, Mullaitivu Displaced since the last stages of Sri Lanka’s civil war, returnees from the northeastern village of Pilakudiyiruppu in Mullaitivu are…