It is time for Sri Lanka to acknowledge its cluster blomb victims

This coming Monday, the government of Sri Lanka will open a major gathering in Geneva attended by the 100+ countries who have signed up to the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CMC), an international treaty designed to prevent the use of one of the world’s most...

One of Sri Lanka’s most wanted, in one of Sri Lanka’s top jobs

Yesterday, President Sirisena appointed Major General Shavendra Silva to the position of Army Commander, one of the seniormost roles in the Sri Lankan security forces. Silva is an alleged war criminal, the case against whom runs into the hundreds of pages. In October...

Shakthika is free! (for now)

We are delighted to let you know the good news that Sri Lankan writer Shakthika Sathkumara has today been released from prison on bail. It means that after spending 130 days in detention – all because of a fictional short story that Shakthika posted to social...

Shakthika has been bailed. But he is not yet free.

This morning, jailed Sri Lankan writer Shakthika Sathkumara was granted bail by a High Court judge. It means that, once the bail order is signed by the judge and any bail conditions are met, Shakthika is likely to be released from police custody in the next day or so....