May 17, 2024 Comments Off

The 15th anniversary of the end of the Sri Lankan civil war brings reminders of the horror that unfolded, particularly during the war’s final months–of the Mullivaikkal massacre on May 18, 2009. Tamil

January 16, 2023 Comments Off

The Sri Lankan government should immediately end the arbitrary detention of Wasantha Mudalige, a student activist who was arrested on August 18, 2022, 7 human rights organizations said today. Since August 21, Mudalige,

May 14, 2021 Comments Off

On the first anniversary of the arrest of poet Ahnaf Jazeem, we call on the Sri Lankan authorities to end their problematic investigation and immediately release him. We also call for the immediate repeal

December 22, 2020 Comments Off

As 2020 comes to an end, we take a look at some of the key developments in human rights and accountability in Sri Lanka over the last 12 months. It makes for grim

May 7, 2020 Comments Off

Just over a month ago, online activist Ramzy Razeek emailed Sri Lanka’s chief of police to complain about a flurry of death threats that he had been receiving on Facebook. But instead of

December 5, 2019 Comments Off

It’s been just under three weeks since Gotabaya Rajapaksa became President of Sri Lanka, and already there are some worrying signs of the chilling effect his victory is having on press freedom and

May 30, 2010 Comments Off

The bombing has surely stopped. But for Tamils in the North and independent journalists and human rights defenders in the South the attacks continue. MCM Iqbal, the widely respected former secretary to two

May 27, 2010 Comments Off

It’s now a tourist hotspot, but Sri Lanka is still a very dangerous place for reporters. by Lucy Popescu May 19th marked the first anniversary of the end of Sri Lanka’s long civil

May 18, 2010 Comments Off

Sri Lanka is now rated the 4th most dangerous place in the world for journalists. More than fifteen journalists are believed to have been killed there since 2006. These include Lasantha Wickrematunge, the

May 12, 2010 Comments Off

Whilst the anniversary of the end of the military offensive in Sri Lanka fast approaches, we are reminded it is also the anniversary of an another “significant nail” in the coffin of a