February 27, 2024 Comments Off

  This letter was originally sent to the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment on 25 January 2024, concerning the position of then-Acting Inspector-General of

February 23, 2024 Comments Off

Introduction Those of us who are closely watching the unfolding atrocity in Gaza in 2023/24 will no doubt be painfully reminded of Sri Lanka during the last phase of the civil war in

January 31, 2023 Comments Off

On  the  1st February,   the  Sri  Lankan  government   will   undergo  its  fourth   Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. You can watch it here between 9:30-12:30

March 19, 2021 Comments Off

The Human Rights Council (HRC) has now been in session for four weeks with discussions on human rights around the world. As we explored in a previous blog post, the report of the High

February 24, 2021 Comments Off

As the Human Rights Council opens its 46th session, member states have the opportunity to shape and vote on a new resolution on justice and accountability in Sri Lanka. In January, the Office

March 13, 2020 Comments Off

The past few weeks have seen many inches of column space taken up by Sri Lanka’s decision to withdraw from UN Human Rights Council resolution 30/1, a move which saw the government tear up its

March 3, 2020 Comments Off

Last week, Sri Lanka’s new government formally withdrew its support for UN Human Rights Council (HRC) resolution 30/1 – thereby pulling the plug on its long-standing pledge to establish a domestic accountability mechanism capable of

February 27, 2020 Comments Off

Yesterday, Sri Lanka’s Minister of Foreign Relations Dinesh Gunawardena, took to the stage at the opening of the 43rd Human Rights Council (HRC) session to announce that his government was formally “withdrawing” support for Resolution 40/1

February 5, 2020 Comments Off

The government of Sri Lanka is currently attempting to appoint a former death squad member, C. A. Chandraprema, as its ambassador to the UN Human Rights Council. As highlighted in a new dossier compiled by

March 16, 2010 Comments Off

Speaking at the 2nd Geneva Summit for Human Rights, Tolerance and Democracy, the Chair of the Sri Lanka Campaign, Edward Mortimer, made a strong plea for human rights activists to do more to