Detention of Balenderan Jeyakumari: Why it is so sinister

Just over 200 days ago the Sri Lankan authorities arrested a Tamil mother, Balenderan Jeyakumari, and her teenage daughter. Mrs Jeyakumari had been campaigning to find out what had happened to her 15-year-old son,...

No greater sorrow than the loss of one's native land

It was the poetic genius of Euripides who first recognised and recorded one of the most powerful sources of misery in the human condition. “There is no greater sorrow on earth than the loss of one’s native land,” wrote one...

UN inquiry just the start of a long road to justice

Sri Lankan human rights activists campaigned hard for an independent international commission of inquiry into war crimes during the end of the conflict in 2009. Last month members of the UN Human Rights Council did....

Permanent Peoples’ Tribunals and the pursuit of justice in Sri Lanka

Competitive, state-centred international politics are often a barrier for victims of human rights violations to find redress through global judicial institutions. To circumvent some of these restrictions the civil society-led International....

From Tiananmen to Jaffna: Banning community commemoration

The parallels are stark. As the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre approaches, Chinese police have begun detaining activists who might be planning to stage protests against the government for the bloody killings........

Government rounds up activists as UN fudges on inquiry

As the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva was discussing the clauses of its resolution on Sri Lanka, the Colombo government used troops and special laws to arrest human rights defenders (HRDs) in the northern part....

The time for an international investigation is now

British Prime Minister David Cameron’s presence at last week’s Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) facilitated coverage that might not have been possible otherwise for media organisations.....

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