Steps forward, steps backward (21 November 2018)

Two checks on the Rajapaksa coup Last week began with a series of blows to Mahinda Rajapaksa’s illegal and unconstitutional power grab. After the lodging of multiple legal challenges, Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court filed a temporary ‘stay order’ overturning President...

Plunging deeper into crisis (10 November 2018)

Late yesterday evening, President Sirisena issued a decree announcing that he had ‘dissolved’ Sri Lanka’s Parliament – delivering a further sledgehammer blow to the Constitution that he swore to uphold in January 2015, and veering his country further down the path...

Sri Lanka situation update (8 November 2018)

A failing coup? The past week saw intense political manoeuvring in Sri Lanka, as efforts by Mahinda Rajapaksa to obtain command of a majority in Parliament continued. Despite the ‘crossing over’ of a handful of MPs, which further narrowed the gap between the two main...

Sri Lanka situation update (31 October 2018)

The past three days in Sri Lanka saw the intensification of public outcry over President Sirisena’s unconstitutional attempt to remove Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and replace him with former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. On Tuesday (30th October), thousands of...

Sri Lanka situation update (28 October 2018)

On Sunday evening, President Sirisena issued a statement on national television in which he explained that he had taken the decision to remove Prime Minister Wickremesinghe following differences in “policy, culture, personality and conduct.” The President further...

What is happening in Sri Lanka?

Situation updates: ‘Steps forward, steps backward’, 21 November 2018 ‘Plunging deeper into crisis’, 10 November 2018 8 November 2018 31 October 2018 28 October 2018 A compilation of official statements and press releases on the crisis, curated...

A small victory for victims

Earlier this year, the Sri Lanka Campaign was one of several organisations who raised the alarm about the growing number of Sri Lankan troops being dispatched to UN peacekeeping missions – despite unaddressed allegations of grave human rights violations by the...