Human Rights in Sri Lanka in 2021

As 2021 comes to an end, we have been looking back over some of the key developments in human rights, justice, and accountability in Sri Lanka over the last year. This has been an extremely challenging year in Sri Lanka, as an increasingly militarised, authoritarian,...

One year on: independent institutions under the 20th Amendment

On 22nd October 2020, the Sri Lankan Parliament passed the 20th Amendment to the Constitution with a two-thirds majority, despite opposition from a wide range of civil society groups and concerns raised by international NGOs and UN experts. One year on, we look at the...

Jailed for a book of poems #FreeAhnaf

On the first anniversary of the arrest of poet Ahnaf Jazeem, we call on the Sri Lankan authorities to end their problematic investigation and immediately release him. We also call for the immediate repeal of the Prevention of Terrorism Act, a draconian law which...

British MPs Debate Human Rights in Sri Lanka

On Thursday 18 March, the UK parliament held a debate in the House of Commons discussing “UK commitments to reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka.” Twenty two MPs took part in the debate, with over half of them calling for the UK to designate...

Dynastic Politics: Rajapaksa Family Control of the State Budget

The government of Sri Lanka is dominated by the family of the president, Gotabaya Rajapaksa. By occupying 9 ministerial roles, including 7 out of 30 positions on the cabinet, the Rajapaksa family controls nearly a quarter of Sri Lanka’s state budget. In the midst of a...