People in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Editorial credit: San Luigi / Shutterstock.com

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has experienced improvements in political rights and civil liberties since the 2015 election of President Maithripala Sirisena. However, the government has been slow to implement transitional justice mechanisms needed to address the aftermath of a 26-year civil war between government forces and Tamil rebels, which ended in 2009. Sirisena’s reputation as a democratic reformer was further tarnished by a constitutional crisis in 2018, in which he attempted to unilaterally replace the prime minister, dissolve Parliament, and hold snap elections. The moves were blocked by the parliamentary majority and the courts.

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Freedom in the World — Sri Lanka Country Report

Sri Lanka is rated Partly Free in Freedom in the World 2022, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.

In the high-stakes battle between states and technology companies, the rights of internet users have become the main casualties. Illustration by Mitch Blunt

Freedom on the Net— Sri Lanka Country Report

Sri Lanka is rated Partly Free in Freedom on the Net, Freedom House's comprehensive study of internet freedom around the globe.