“Sri Lanka is heading towards an avoidable catastrophe. If we can persuade the Government of Sri Lanka in time that peace will only last if it is built upon a foundation of justice and respect for human rights then there is no reason why Sri Lanka cannot put ethnic violence and division firmly in its past. But the path that the Government of Sri Lanka is walking leads to totalitarianism, and will inevitably lead back to war.”
He was the first Campaign Director of the Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice.
Before that he had a career in electoral campaigning and local government. He came to the Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice after a period spent studying the politics of South Asia and writing articles, both on statebuilding and human rights in a South Asian context and issues of accountability and democracy more widely. Before starting with the Sri Lanka Campaign he spent time in Sri Lanka talking to victims of torture and arbitrary detention and their families.