The court will examine whether part of the Patriot Act prohibits activities protected by the First Amendment.
After defeating the Tamil Tigers this spring, the country has delayed the return of more than 250,000 displaced Tamils, citing concerns about mines and potential terrorists.
Tamil columnist J.S. Tissainayagam, whom US President Barack Obama had recognized as an example of a persecuted journalist, was charged with fomenting communal disharmony and sentenced to hard labor.
In the first election in 11 years Saturday, a pro-rebel party won the most local-council seats in Vavuniya and came in second in Jaffna.
Selvarasa Pathmanathan led the remnants of the rebel organization that was militarily defeated by Sri Lanka three months ago.
Speaking at a defense ministry facility, they said they were coerced by the rebel Tamil Tigers to exaggerate the impact of Sri Lanka’s final offensive. Are they telling the truth now?
Emerging economic superpowers China and India may compete here. What should be the US role?
Some 280,000 refugees remain detained, a month after fighting stopped. A national probe into war abuses was shut down this week.
One of the few leaders remaining after the rebel group's defeat in Sri Lanka last month says the diaspora should continue the struggle peacefully with a 'transnational government.'