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Sri Lanka: Political Turmoil Puts Rights At Risk

Expand Mahinda Rajapaksa speaks at UN headquarters in New York, September 22, 2010. © 2010 Reuters (New York) – Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision on October 26, 2018, to appoint former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as prime minister has raised fears about a return to past abusive practices in the country, Human Rights Watch said today. The sudden announcement to sack Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe, which he contends violates parliamentary processes and the constitution, was made without informing parliament or the cabinet. “Rajapaksa’s return to high office without any…

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