Why we formed

In the five month period between January and May 2009, it is estimated that between 40,000-70,000 civilians were killed in the north of Sri Lanka. Most of these deaths were caused by the Sri Lankan Armed Forces as they sought to eliminate the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) – without regard for the lives of those caught in the middle. 

To date, no one has been held to account for those actions, nor the many other serious human rights violations – including torture, abductions and arbitrary detention – that Sri Lanka has witnessed in recent times. That lack of accountability has engendered a culture of impunity which is leading to a continuation of the cycle of violence and abuse. While the tyrannical regime of President Rajapaksa lost power in January 2015, unless the structural root causes of the problems Sri Lanka faces are addressed, then real change will not take place and the grievances at the heart of Sri Lanka’s ethnic conflict may yet lead to a return to war.

Our Aims

We are a global non-partisan movement that aims to:

  1. Achieve genuine reconciliation based on accountability for violations of international law
  2. Build respect for human rights and the rule of law
  3. Support efforts within Sri Lankan civil society to promote a just and lasting peace

We are not affiliated with any political or ethnic group inside or outside of Sri Lanka, and we exist to fight for the rights of all those living in Sri Lanka. You can see how we are funded by reading our latest accounts, here.

Testimonials

“Your work gives us hope.” – anonymous Sri Lankan war survivor

 “In its six-year existence, the Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice has brought to light many issues important to Tamils and Muslims who continue to bear the brunt of Sinhala hegemony in post-war Sri Lanka.” – JS Tissanayagam, exiled Sri Lankan Journalist

“I really wish that I were able to make a substantive contribution to the extremely important work being undertaken by the Sri Lanka Campaign.” – Noam Chomsky

“I see the work of the Sri Lanka Campaign and I am very impressed with it.” – Juan Mendez, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture

“When we hear about the things Sri Lanka Campaign are doing we know we have not been forgotten.” – anonymous Sri Lankan war crime survivor

“We will never forget what you all did for Sri Lanka.” – Brito Fernando, Sri Lankan Human Rights Defender

“Thank you again for all your hard work on this very important issue.” – Desmond Tutu