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...

A Year On: Hejaaz Hizbullah Still Imprisoned

On 14 April 2020, prominent human rights lawyer Hejaaz Hizbullah was arrested by Sri Lankan security forces under the draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) for alleged involvement in the tragic Easter Sunday bombings in 2019. Hejaaz has been denied unrestricted...

A bad year for human rights in Sri Lanka

As 2020 comes to an end, we take a look at some of the key developments in human rights and accountability in Sri Lanka over the last 12 months. It makes for grim reading. Yet despite increasing intimidation and harassment, victim-survivor communities and activists...

Chilling effects under Sri Lanka’s new President

It’s been just under three weeks since Gotabaya Rajapaksa became President of Sri Lanka, and already there are some worrying signs of the chilling effect his victory is having on press freedom and civic space on the island. Several important commentators, from both...