A Decade of Impunity

Our analysis

Our analysis is that impunity for human rights abuses is the root cause of multiple cycles of mass violence on the island. We believe that to prevent future violence and achieve lasting peace and reconciliation in Sri Lanka, individuals must be held accountable for the crimes they have committed.

Although the tyrannical regime of President Mahinda Rajapaksa was defeated in 2015, the national unity government which followed failed to live up to its promise to deal with the legacy of the war by establishing a credible truth and justice process. In November 2019, war-time Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa was elected as President and appointed his brother and former President, Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister. Both men are credibly accused of grave human rights violations when they were in power between 2005 and 2015.

Following the return of the Rajapaksa’s to power in November 2019, the government of Sri Lanka pulled out of commitments to deal with the legacy of the war and pledged to shield perpetrators from accountability. Today, many of those accused of serious human rights violations occupy some of the highest offices in the country. Meanwhile, the government’s ongoing repressive treatment of victims and minorities is continuing to fuel the grievances that lie at the root of Sri Lanka’s ethnic conflict. Unless the government changes course – and without truth and accountability for past crimes – then real reconciliation and sustainable peace will remain elusive.

About Us

Why we formed

In the five month period between January and May 2009, it is credibly estimated that between 40,000-70,000 Tamil civilians were killed in the north of Sri Lanka as the government embarked on a final offensive to eliminate the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE or ‘Tamil Tigers’) and bring 26-years of brutal civil war to a close.

Most of these deaths were caused by the government’s repeated shelling of ‘No Fire Zones’ where it had encouraged civilians to gather. Sites targeted included hospitals, food distribution centres, and UN facilities. Civilians trapped behind the front lines were prevented from fleeing by the LTTE, with many forcibly conscripted into combat or used as ‘human shields’ by the retreating rebel forces.

To this day, almost no one has been held accountable for the array of mass atrocity crimes committed during this period, or the many other grave human rights violations committed both before and after. This is despite the findings of multiple UN investigations, which have highlighted serious violations of international law by both government forces and the LTTE. Allegations of mass disappearances, arbitrary detention, extra-judicial killings, and systematic torture and sexual violence remain unaddressed.

To learn more about the crimes committed in the final stages of Sri Lanka’s civil war and the struggle of survivors for justice, please read our report A Decade of Impunity. Further information about the civil war can be found in the FAQ and Reports section of our website.


Our aims

We are a global non-partisan movement that aims to:

We are not affiliated with any political or ethnic group inside or outside of Sri Lanka. We exist to fight for the rights of every person
living in Sri Lanka, as well as all of those now living beyond its borders due to war, violence, and persecution.


We are a small organisation, up against some sizeable and deep-rooted challenges. Nonetheless, working alongside many brave and tireless activists in Sri Lanka and around the world, we have had considerable success.

You can read about some of our previous campaigns and achievements here.

Organisational Structure

The Campaign is entirely non-profit and independent of all groupings inside and outside Sri Lanka.
It is run by the Board of Directors assisted by a group of advisors. The Campaign is supported by a dedicated group of volunteers,
who are coordinated by the Campaign Director. All board members and advisors are unpaid and all support the Campaign
in their personal capacities to maintain its independence.

You can find out more about how we are funded by looking at our most recent accounts.

Board of Directors

The Campaign’s decision-making body is its Board of Directors. The Board decides on the Campaign’s organisational structure, overall objectives, and work programme. The Campaign Director is an ex-officio member of the Board but does not have a vote.

The current board members are:

  • Ingrid Massage (Chair)
  • Angela Seay (Company Secretary)
  • Simon Long
  • Aura Freeman


  • Ben Kumar Morris (Campaign Director)
  • Yvonne Schofield (Deputy Campaign Director)


The Campaign relies on a dedicated team of unpaid volunteers, drawn from a variety of ethnic and professional backgrounds. Our volunteers carry out a range of roles, including undertaking research, contributing articles, and fundraising.

Interested in getting involved?

Advisory Group

The Campaign is supported by a group of advisors. These influential figures come from all walks of life and regions of the world and support the Campaign’s three main objectives: to achieve genuine reconciliation based on accountability for violations of international law, to build respect for human rights and the rule of law, and to support efforts within Sri Lankan civil society to promote a just and lasting peace.