EU: Don’t turn a blind eye to torture in Sri Lanka

The EU may be about to turn a blind eye to torture in Sri Lanka. Here’s how you can stop them. In just under a month’s time, the EU Commission will take a decision on whether to begin the process of restoring ‘GSP+’ preferential trade status to Sri Lanka, the scheme...

The Island Nation

The Island Nation is a new play about the Sri Lankan civil war which will run at London’s Arcola Theatre from the 26th of October to the 19th of November. We recently sat down with the playwright, Christine Bacon of ice&fire, and asked her a few questions:...

Never the answer

For many years, those in a position of authority in Sri Lanka considered themselves to be above the law. The effects of this attitude on the Sri Lankan civil war were catastrophic, resulting in tens of thousands of dead civilians. But the consequences of Sri Lanka’s...

The halfway mark

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) met last month to discuss, among other things, Sri Lanka’s progress in implementing the process they agreed last September to build a lasting peace based upon justice. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid...

The farce of the UN’s recent tourism conference in Sri Lanka

It sounds like bad satire. But last week, the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism (UNWTO) held a conference in Passikudah – a location on the East coast of Sri Lanka notorious for the...