September 25, 2020 Comments Off

At the 45th session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) last week, the Government of Sri Lanka tried to dismiss calls for greater international action on Sri Lanka, saying that it is committed to

July 1, 2020 Comments Off

The launch of the UK’s human rights sanctions regime is an opportunity for the UK government to take action against impunity in Sri Lanka. The UK should join the US in designating Lieutenant

June 29, 2020 Comments Off

INFORM Human Rights Documentation Centre have just released their regular monthly report on repression of dissent in Sri Lanka for the month of May. It records an alarming uptick in incidents when compared to previous

June 15, 2020 Comments Off

We are pleased to announce the release of a short new report, ‘No Place for Soldiers’, examining the role of the Sri Lankan army in civilian schools across the country. In it, we analyse

June 10, 2020 Comments Off

Last Tuesday, on 2 June, Sri Lanka entered a period of unconstitutional executive rule. Following its dissolution for elections on 2 March, the country’s Parliament has now been suspended for more than the

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

April 28, 2020 Comments Off

Two weeks ago, a senior Muslim lawyer Hejaaz Hizbullah was arrested by members of the Sri Lankan intelligence agencies. Two weeks on, he has not been informed of any charges, has not been

April 1, 2020 Comments Off

Over the past few months, governments around the world have been responding to an unprecedented health crisis with unprecedented measures. In even the most open and free societies, tight restrictions on movement, extensive

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