A tough year ahead for human rights in Sri Lanka. Can you help us?

Below is a copy of our 2019/2020 Winter Appeal:   Dear Friend, 2019 was a mixed bag at the Sri Lanka Campaign. On the one hand, it was a year which saw some significant achievements and breakthroughs: In the spring, our advocacy work helped secure a new...

Chilling effects under Sri Lanka’s new President

It’s been just under three weeks since Gotabaya Rajapaksa became President of Sri Lanka, and already there are some worrying signs of the chilling effect his victory is having on press freedom and civic space on the island. Several important commentators, from both...

Gotabaya’s Sri Lanka: the risks ahead and how to respond

On Sunday morning, Gotabaya Rajapaksa claimed victory in Sri Lanka’s Presidential elections having obtained 52.25% of the total votes cast. He did so with a significant margin on his closest rival, Sajith Premadasa, who walked away with a vote share of just 41.99%....

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...

Sri Lanka’s artistic community under attack (again)

The Sri Lanka Campaign is deeply concerned by news that yet another member of Sri Lanka’s artistic community is being subjected to persecution by Buddhist hardliners on the grounds of religious offence. Award-winning dramatist and radio playwright, Malaka Devapriya,...

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...

The True Cost of your Trip to Sri Lanka (new short video)

Visiting Sri Lanka but concerned about human rights? Then check out this fantastic new short video (below) by ’47 Roots’, a punchy round-up of some of the potential ethical pitfalls of your trip and how you can manage them. For further information about...