One year on: independent institutions under the 20th Amendment

On 22nd October 2020, the Sri Lankan Parliament passed the 20th Amendment to the Constitution with a two-thirds majority, despite opposition from a wide range of civil society groups and concerns raised by international NGOs and UN experts. One year on, we look at the...

Take action: ask Police Scotland to stop training police in Sri Lanka

Police Scotland’s training of Sri Lanka’s abusive police force is currently paused. Now we have an opportunity to cancel the training altogether. Our friends at Freedom From Torture are running a campaign asking Scottish supporters to write to their representative in...

Job vacancy: Deputy Campaign Director

Job Description The Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice is a small but dynamic campaigning organisation that aims to bring about a just and lasting peace in Sri Lanka based upon accountability and respect for human rights. We are multi-ethnic and non-partisan in...

Continuing Crimes of Disappearances in Sri Lanka

“Families of the disappeared are back to the beginning of their struggle…the pain of not knowing the truth is a wound that keeps bleeding.” Sandya Ekneligoda, 2021 Can you imagine losing a loved one but not having a body to mourn? Over the decades thousands of...

Police Scotland training in Sri Lanka paused

Last week, The Herald and The Times quoted assistant chief constable Gary Ritchie saying that Police Scotland’s training of Sri Lankan police had been paused pending a review to be undertaken together with the Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO)...

Campaign Update: Ahnaf Jazeem

Yesterday, 4th August, Ahnaf Jazeem’s Fundamental Rights case was taken up before the Supreme Court after several delays. The court ordered the prison authorities to give his lawyers confidential access to Ahnaf in remand prison to allow them to consult with their...

Human Rights Roundup: June

Here we look at some of the key developments in human rights, justice, and accountability in Sri Lanka over the month of June.  Bail for Shani Abeysekara Shani Abeysekara, the former director of the Criminal Investigation Department, who was arrested in late July 2020...