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...

SCREENING: Sri Lanka’s Rebel Wife

Thursday 5 May, 19:00 – 20:30  Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, London W2 1QJ  As the Sri Lankan civil war was ending in 2009, Ananthy’s husband Elilan, a Tamil Tiger rebel, surrendered to government forces. He has not been seen again. Sri Lanka’s Rebel...

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...

Campaign Update: Hejaaz Hizbullah Released on Bail

On 7 February 2022, after more than 21 months in detention, the Colombo Court of Appeal granted bail to Hejaaz Hizbullah, a prominent human rights lawyer and activist. Hejaaz was initially arrested by Sri Lankan security forces on 14 April 2020 under the draconian...

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,...

Time to use human rights sanctions in Sri Lanka

Today, on International Human Rights Day, the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), announced that Furqan Bangalzai, a former commander of a Pakistani terrorist organisation, would be designated for sanctions under the Global Human Rights Regime....

Campaign success: Police Scotland to Stop Training Police in Sri Lanka

Police Scotland will not continue training the Sri Lankan police force, it was announced last week. Chief Constable Iain Livingstone confirmed during a meeting with the Scottish Police Authority on 24 November 2021 that no further deployments to Sri Lanka will be made...