An emblematic failure in an emblematic case

On 2nd January 2006, a group of Tamil students gathered on the sea front in Trincomalee, a pretty coastal town – and today popular tourist destination – on Sri Lanka’s East coast. Under the gaze of a Mahatma Gandhi statue, the students chatted and ate food together,...

Attempts to intimidate human rights lawyer Lakshan Dias

The Sri Lanka Campaign is deeply concerned by recent attempts by senior government of Sri Lanka officials to intimidate Attorney at Law, Mr Lakshan Dias – a vital and irreplaceable voice within the human rights community who has worked tirelessly in support of...

Human rights lawyers threatened in Sri Lanka – at serious risk

Two human rights lawyers Manjula Pathiraja and Namal Rajapakse (a namesake but no relation of the President’s notorious son) have received credible death threats from individuals and groups linked to the Government-backed Buddhist extremist group the BBS....

The Unravelling of the Rule of Law in Sri Lanka

Photo CC via James Gordon  Threats to judicial independence rock the very foundation on which democratic societies stand. In 2009 when Sri Lanka saw an end to the war that had long ravaged the country, many hoped it signified a change – that stability would...