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...

Halt the Deployment (again)

Next week, more than 200 Sri Lankan troops will be deployed to a UN peacekeeping mission in Mali. We want to stop that from happening, and ask for your help to ensure that it doesn’t.  Why?  Because in 2019, the UN itself announced it was suspending deployment of Sri...

British MPs Debate Human Rights in Sri Lanka

On Thursday 18 March, the UK parliament held a debate in the House of Commons discussing “UK commitments to reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka.” Twenty two MPs took part in the debate, with over half of them calling for the UK to designate...

Action on Sri Lanka at the Human Rights Council

The Human Rights Council (HRC) has now been in session for four weeks with discussions on human rights around the world. As we explored in a previous blog post, the report of the High Commissioner for Human Rights offered a strong starting point for discussions on Sri...

Dynastic Politics: Rajapaksa Family Control of the State Budget

The government of Sri Lanka is dominated by the family of the president, Gotabaya Rajapaksa. By occupying 9 ministerial roles, including 7 out of 30 positions on the cabinet, the Rajapaksa family controls nearly a quarter of Sri Lanka’s state budget. In the midst of a...

Hope for Sri Lanka at the Human Rights Council?

As the Human Rights Council opens its 46th session, member states have the opportunity to shape and vote on a new resolution on justice and accountability in Sri Lanka. In January, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released a damning report...

Webinar: The Quest for Justice, Rule of Law & Democratic Rights

The Sri Lanka Campaign co-hosted a webinar on Friday 12 February with the Global Tamil Forum, Canadian Tamil Congress and the Centre for Justice and Human Rights at New York University. Moderated by our Campaign Director, Melissa Dring, there were eight panellists...

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...