“What is – and isn’t – happening in Sri Lanka matters to us all. The bloodshed in 2009 and worrying developments since continue to challenge the global rallying cry of ‘never again’. The failure to investigate past and current abuses is preventing the country from moving forward; tempting others to adopt the ruthless ‘Sri Lanka model’; and undermining hard-won global standards. Sri Lanka is a test case for the international community. We failed in 2009. We must not fail again.”
She is Executive Director of the United Nations Association – UK (UNA-UK), a UK-based charity that provides independent analysis on UN issues. She is the first woman to hold this position.
With a background in human rights, Natalie has worked for UNA-UK since 2006. Prior to joining the Association, she held various roles in the public, private and education sectors, and contributed to media in the UK and Sri Lanka. Natalie provides voluntary support to a number of NGOs, including as a Trustee of the Association for Citizenship Teaching. She edits publications on a wide range of global issues for organisations such as Witan Media and SAGE.