A media activist said at least 70 journalists fled the country since 2009. The number is likely to grow.
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa wants to amend the Constitution, which will consolidate power within his family.
A report released by the UN's human rights office determined that rebels and government forces both committed atrocities, painting a damning picture of gross human rights violations and impunity.
The decisive result boots from office the country’s president since 2005, who had confidently called a snap election in October with two years left to go in his term.
As the vote has grown too competitive for analysts to call, acts of politically motivated violence have increased, ranging from intimidation to outright assault.
The investigation is expected to focus in large part on alleged war crimes committed in the waning weeks of Sri Lanka’s civil war.
On June 15 a violent mob ripped through three neighboring towns in southwestern Sri Lanka. The horde explicitly targeted Muslims, slinging Molotov cocktails, burning bikes, and looting homes and businesses. The instigators were members of an extremist...