Jailed for writing a short story. Help #FreeShakthika

For over 80 days, Shakthika Sathkumara, an award-winning Sri Lankan writer and poet, has been held in police custody. The reason for his detention? The publication of a fictional short story about life in a Buddhist temple; a story which allegedly alludes to child...

Ten years on

Today marks ten years since the end of the civil war in Sri Lanka, the final stages of which were scene to some of the worst mass atrocities of the 21st century. The scale and gravity of the crimes that took place in the war’s last days alone can be difficult to...

Urgent Appeal for Action: persecution of refugees in Sri Lanka

“The people in Pakistan attacked us and say we’re not Muslims…. Then in Sri Lanka, people attack us because they say we are Muslims.” Those were the words of 58-year old Tariq Ahmed, an Ahmadiyya man from Pakistan, who until recently had been living in the town of...

Understanding the Easter Sunday attacks – and the risks ahead

At time of writing, 290 people are confirmed to have been killed following a series of blast attacks at churches and hotels in Sri Lanka. Hundreds more have been injured.[1] The Sri Lanka Campaign condemns the appalling crimes that took place yesterday and stands in...

Support Street Spirit in Sri Lanka

The coup attempt at the end of last year saw Sri Lanka’s fragile and imperfect democracy pushed to the brink. It survived, in large part, due to the many ordinary citizens who took to the streets in peaceful resistance. An exciting new project – Street Spirit –...

He never came home

On this day nine years ago, a political cartoonist went to work in Colombo. He never came home. Prageeth Eknaligoda was an outspoken critic of the government of Sri Lanka. He worked tirelessly to expose the gross human rights violations committed against Tamil...

A retreat from the precipice. For now. (19 December 2018)

After fifty one days of political turmoil in Sri Lanka, the coup attempt that was launched on the evening of Friday 26th October has failed. Following a series of crucial judgements from Sri Lanka’s highest courts last week, which deemed President Sirisena’s...