Unchecked threats

“Your kids will be killed and you will be fed their meat.” That was but one of many disturbing threats recently received by Sandhya Eknaligoda, the wife of the disappeared cartoonist Prageeth Eknaligoda, who for the past eight years fought tirelessly for answers about...

500 days of protest: enough is enough

Among the images of pristine beaches, lush forests, and rolling hills, one thing that you won’t find on the website of the Sri Lankan tourism board are photos of the roadside shacks across the North and East of the country where elderly Tamil women have been...

Claims about the ‘Gash Despatches’ exposed

At the end of last year, the Sri Lanka Campaign published a critique of an intervention in the House of Lords by Lord Naseby. In that intervention, Lord Naseby sought to discredit prevailing UN accounts about the nature and extent of atrocities committed during the...

Perpetrators cannot be protectors

At this very moment, over a hundred thousand UN peacekeepers are deployed in nearly twenty countries around the world. Their purpose is just as their name suggests: to keep the peace; to stand between civilians and the forces that would harm them; to protect. And, by...

We need to talk about impunity

Last month, Sri Lanka witnessed some of the worst violence in recent memory, as mobs of Sinhalese Buddhist hardliners rampaged through the streets of Ampara and Kandy attacking Muslim homes, businesses and places of worship. Over the course of several days, hundreds...

Remembering Khuram: an interview with Nasser Shaikh

Just over six years ago, on 25 December 2011, British citizen Khuram Shaikh was murdered during a holiday stay in Tangalle, a fishing town on Sri Lanka’s southern coast. The 32-year-old, a prosthetics specialist from Rochdale, who months earlier had been working with...

300 days of protest: a message of support from British MPs

Today marks the 300th day of continuous protest by Tamil relatives of the disappeared. They have been demonstrating at various sites across the North and East of Sri Lanka to demand answers as to the fate and whereabouts of their missing loved ones, many of whom were...