Militarisation in Sri Lanka Part 2: The COVID-19 Pandemic

To read the first part of this series on militarisation in Sri Lanka, click here. The power wielded by the armed forces has been in the spotlight in Sri Lanka in the last few months as the economic crisis continues, with the military playing a prominent role both in...

Remembering Mullivaikkal – 13 years later

there is neither sea nor wind for us to dissolve the ashes proclaim an end and close our eyes. -Poem by Cheran Rudhramoorthy from In a Time of Burning 13 years ago, the Sri Lankan civil war came to an end following a brutal offensive launched by the government’s armed...

A turbulent week in Sri Lanka – what has changed?

In a turbulent week in Sri Lanka, peaceful protests were attacked, the Prime Minister resigned, the military were deployed to the streets of Colombo, and a new (but old) Prime Minister was appointed.   How did we get here? For over a month, thousands of Sri...

Sri Lanka on the Precipice

Over the weekend, Sri Lanka has been rocked by protests, police violence, curfews, and political turmoil. A lot has happened in a short space of time, and the situation is developing rapidly. Whilst the fallout from the economic crisis and the President’s declaration...