Halt the deployment

Early next week, 243 Sri Lankan troops will be deployed to a UN peacekeeping mission in Mali. We want to stop that from happening, and would like to ask for your help in ensuring that it doesn’t. Why? Because the UN itself recently pledged to scale back...

A welcome (if overdue) ban on Sri Lanka’s peacekeeping contributions

Some good news: yesterday, a UN spokesperson confirmed to a reporter that Sri Lankan troops would – unless their presence was deemed vital to security – be banned from further deployments to UN peacekeeping missions. It means that as soon as next month, any Sri Lankan...

It is time for Sri Lanka to acknowledge its cluster blomb victims

This coming Monday, the government of Sri Lanka will open a major gathering in Geneva attended by the 100+ countries who have signed up to the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CMC), an international treaty designed to prevent the use of one of the world’s most...

One of Sri Lanka’s most wanted, in one of Sri Lanka’s top jobs

Yesterday, President Sirisena appointed Major General Shavendra Silva to the position of Army Commander, one of the seniormost roles in the Sri Lankan security forces. Silva is an alleged war criminal, the case against whom runs into the hundreds of pages. In October...

Ten years on

Today marks ten years since the end of the civil war in Sri Lanka, the final stages of which were scene to some of the worst mass atrocities of the 21st century. The scale and gravity of the crimes that took place in the war’s last days alone can be difficult to...