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....

An emblematic failure in an emblematic case

On 2nd January 2006, a group of Tamil students gathered on the sea front in Trincomalee, a pretty coastal town – and today popular tourist destination – on Sri Lanka’s East coast. Under the gaze of a Mahatma Gandhi statue, the students chatted and ate food together,...

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...

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...