IPS is pleased to name Tharanga Yakupitiyage as the Star of the Month

Tharanga Yakupitiyage

Tharanga Yakupitiyage

Working out of the United Nations Headquarters in New York, she writes a range of stories on domestic and international human rights and development issues, including conflict-related migration, environmental impacts on indigenous communities, and global press freedom. Tharanga’s diverse portfolio has provided her with a nuanced understanding of human rights, and thus a fresh way to tell the very pressing stories of today’s world. Tharanga has examined larger trends of extractive industries and their impacts on indigenous communities beyond the Dakota Access Pipeline, and expanded the sometimes narrow geographical understanding of refugees by reporting on lesser known refugee issues in Southeast Asia, West Africa and Central America.

Tharanga started writing for IPS in August 2015 after completing a Master’s Degree in Public Policy at American University. She is also on the editorial staff of the G77 Newswire published by IPS.

Follow Tharanga on Twitter: @tharanga_yaku