Time for international action on accountability in Sri Lanka

Last week, Sri Lanka’s new government formally withdrew its support for UN Human Rights Council (HRC) resolution 30/1 – thereby pulling the plug on its long-standing pledge to establish a domestic accountability mechanism capable of investigating atrocity crimes...

Gotabaya’s Sri Lanka: the risks ahead and how to respond

On Sunday morning, Gotabaya Rajapaksa claimed victory in Sri Lanka’s Presidential elections having obtained 52.25% of the total votes cast. He did so with a significant margin on his closest rival, Sajith Premadasa, who walked away with a vote share of just 41.99%....

A welcome (if overdue) ban on Sri Lanka’s peacekeeping contributions

Some good news: yesterday, a UN spokesperson confirmed to a reporter that Sri Lankan troops would – unless their presence was deemed vital to security – be banned from further deployments to UN peacekeeping missions. It means that as soon as next month, any Sri Lankan...