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...

The Politics of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) and PTA Reform

by Alan Keenan London School of Economics and Political Science, GCRF Gender, Justice and Security Hub   The original version of this essay was delivered as a presentation to a webinar organised by Le Conseil Universel des Droits de L’Homme (UHRC), ‘Undermining...

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,...

Preserving Sri Lankan Heritage, or Entrenching Buddhist Supremacy?

On 2 June 2020, whilst the Sri Lankan parliament had been dissolved since March pending delayed elections, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa announced the formation of two new Presidential Taskforces. One of these Taskforces, ‘for Archaeological Heritage Management in the...