The period of ACLED’s coverage of Sri Lanka, 2010-2014, was bookended by the country’s sixth and seventh presidential elections, each marking major political events in the country’s political violence and protest landscape. During Sri Lanka’s January 2010 presidential election, supporters of multiple major political parties engaged in election-related violence, resulting in a high number of recorded events and reported fatalities, particularly violence against civilians.

Throughout the period in question, however, riots and protests were by far the most common event type observed in Sri Lanka. Spikes in the recorded number of riots and protests in 2012 — or in their resulting reported fatalities — correspond to two notable political events. First, the passage of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution 19/2 promoting reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka provoked outrage and controversy across the country. Second, a deadly prison riot at Welikada prison in November 2012 resulted in the death of at least 27 prisoners.

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Sri Lanka – 2010 Data Release
Daniela Pollmann
Daniela Pollmann
Daniela Pollmann is the Asia Research Manager at ACLED. In this role she oversees the coding of political violence and protests in South and Southeast Asian countries. Ms Pollmann holds a MA in Conflict, Security and Development from the University of Sussex with focus on peace processes. She has previous work experience in the social sector in Uganda and India where her work focused on women empowerment, child protection and anti-human trafficking. She is currently stationed in New Delhi, India.
Melissa Pavlik
Melissa Pavlik
Melissa Pavlik is a Research Analyst at ACLED studying overarching trends of armed conflict across and within ACLED’s regions of study. She has degrees in Statistics and Political Science from the University of Chicago, and is currently studying in the War Studies Department at King’s College London. Her research focus include violent non-state actors and the intersection between the international political economy and political violence.
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