Guilty for screening a documentary. Help #DefendLena

[Update 27/2/17: a dedicated webpage with regular updates about Lena’s case has been set up here. You can also follow developments via @pusatkomas on Twitter] On Tuesday 21st February, Lena Hendry, a human rights defender in Malaysia, was convicted for her part...

Questioned for writing a poem

A Catholic priest who narrowly survived the final phase of the war in Sri Lanka has been questioned by the Terrorism Investigation Division over a book of Tamil poetry he wrote called ‘Uyirpathivu’ which literally translates as, “Life Records”. The priest...

How the Sri Lankan Government is crushing dissent

  Our chairman Edward Mortimer has just published an opinion piece in the Independent. It supports a piece of research published by our Campaign Director Fred Carver in the International policy digest. Together they revisit the events surrounding this...

URGENT APPEAL: RENOWNED TAMIL POET ARRESTED AND DETAINED

UPDATE: Good news! Jayapalan has been released. He has been deported, bizarrely enough to Turkey, but he has been able to make his way back to Norway. NAME: Shanmugampillai Jayapalan (better known as VIS Jayapalan) DATE OF BIRTH: April 1944 PLACE OF BIRTH: Uduvil,...

3 environmental protestors killed in clashes with the Sri Lankan Army

Three people were killed in clashes between demonstrators and the Sri Lankan army on Thursday. Many more were severely beaten, and journalists attempting to cover the demonstrations were attacked and threatened. Some Sri Lankan sources put the eventual death toll as...