Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka: Slaughter in the No Fire Zone

The Sri Lankan government still denies responsibility for the killing of up to 70,000 Tamil civilians at the end of the civil war in 2009. So why has it been chosen to host a Commonwealth summit?

Sri Lanka: Witness to War Crimes

In September 2008, as Sri Lankan government forces pushed the fighters of the Tamil Tigers further and further back into the Tamil homelands of the north, the government ordered the UN to evacuate.

Sri Lankan Rebels Admit Defeat

Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers, the once formidable insurgency that pioneered guerrilla suicide attacks, claimed Sunday they had given up their 25-year battle for an ethnic homeland on the tropical island nation.

Surrounded in a small coconut grove with Sri Lankan forces closing in, several leaders reportedly committed suicide instead of surrendering.

Civilian Toll Rises in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- Hundreds more civilians have died in fighting in Sri Lanka's north, where 50,000 noncombatants remain trapped in the crossfire between government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels as a quarter-century-old struggle enters its endgame.

A government doctor, V. Shanmugarajah, told the Associated Press on Sunday that artillery fire killed at least 378 civilians and wounded more than 1,100. He called it the bloodiest day he had seen and said many more civilians probably were killed but were buried where they fell.

Sri Lanka: The Eleventh Hour

Alex Amend, Pulitzer Center

Four panelists gathered at The Brookings Institution 11 hours before the Sri Lankan government promised to act on their ultimatum given to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam: surrender or face annihilation.