SRI LANKA: Interrupted

SRI LANKA: Interrupted

May 3, 2024 Sri Lanka Campaign Comments Off

JOIN US on June 25 for our Arts Exhibition marking The United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. Through diverse artistic expression, we aim to shed light on the ongoing struggle for justice in Sri Lanka and spark meaningful conversations about human rights, justice, and accountability.


The United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture is held annually on 26 June, the day following our Exhibition. Torture denies the inherent dignity of human beings and despite being prohibited under international law, continues to persist in all regions of the world. In Sri Lanka, the use of torture is alarmingly prevalent among law enforcement, security forces and prison officials, labelled as  ‘routine and systemic’ by UN experts. A 2020 report by the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka revealed that 84% of prisoners under the Prevention of Terrorism Act were tortured after arrest and held for between five and ten years without trial. Since then, there has been a disturbing increase in the harassment, surveillance and arbitrary detentions of Tamils, journalists, and activists. See our findings from 2022 Jailing Activists and Pardoning Murderers for more details.

June presents an opportunity to call on all stakeholders, UN Member States, civil society, and individuals everywhere, to unite in support of those who have been victims of torture in Sri Lanka and those who are still tortured today.

The Event:

Location: Northolt Community Centre, Northolt, UB5 6AD (Nearest tube-Northolt, Central Line)

25 June 2024, 18:00 – 21:00

Welcome drinks and canapes: 18:00 -18:30

Speakers: 18:30 – 19:00

Tickets: For more details and to reserve your free ticket, please visit our Eventbrite page.

Calling on artists from around the world to make submissions…

We welcome submissions in all mediums, including but not limited to visual art, photography, sculpture, performance art, poetry, and multimedia installations. Submissions should be original works that address the themes of torture, empowerment human rights, justice, or accountability, with a specific focus on the situation in Sri Lanka.

How to Submit: Please send your submission via email to info@srilankacampaign.org with the subject line “Arts Event Submission.” Include the following information in your email:

• Artist’s name

• Title of the artwork

• Medium

• Brief artist statement (max 200 words)

• High-resolution images or documentation of the artwork (if applicable)

Together we can harness the transformative power of art to advocate for social change and amplify the voices of those affected by torture. Let’s stand in solidarity to empower victims and work towards a more just and accountable world.

For inquiries or further information, please contact info@srilankacampaign.org.