Category - sri lanka

  • 24 Jan 2013

    The Anglican Bishop of Colombo has called for a Time of Lament, after Sri Lanka’s chief justice was unlawfully removed by the ruling regime.

  • 19 Jan 2013

    When those in power disregard human rights and undermine the rule of law, the results can be horrific, observes Savitri Hensman, commenting on recent developments in Sri Lanka. It is to be hoped that, today, non-violent means of resistance will be used, as Sri Lankans and those who care about Sri Lanka seek to defend democracy and civil liberties.

  • 16 Jan 2013

    Sri Lanka is facing a constitutional crisis after the chief justice was impeached, in a process ruled unlawful by the supreme court. The bid by cabinet members to replace her with one of their own legal advisers has been widely criticised as an attack on the independence of the judiciary. Pro-democracy activists are challenging the move, despite the danger they face from an increasingly dictatorial regime.

  • 16 Nov 2012

    Father Michael Rodrigo’s life and witness in Sri Lanka reflect the importance of perseverance, hope and faith in a better future, says Savi Hensman. This remarkable man still has something to say today, when all too many people live precariously in a divided and often violent world.

  • 4 Aug 2012

    As post war Sri Lanka experiences a high level of militarisation, the northern provinces of the country continue to face serious problems.

  • 16 Mar 2012

    In May 2009, Sri Lanka’s civil war came to an end. On 14 March 2012, Channel 4 broadcast Sri Lanka's Killing Fields: War Crimes Unpunished, a follow-up to an earlier documentary. This focused on the last few months of the armed conflict, when large numbers of civilians were killed or injured.

  • 7 Nov 2011

    Sri Lanka is not credibly investigating torture, Amnesty International has said on the eve of a review by the UN Committee Against Torture.

  • 28 Oct 2011

    The Commonwealth may become "irrelevant" if its leaders allow Sri Lanka to become its next host, Amnesty International says, ahead of its summit.

  • 26 Jun 2011

    Worries continue about a group of rejected asylum seekers who arrived in Colombo at the end of last week after being forcibly returned from the UK.

  • 15 Jun 2011

    The Channel 4 footage Sri Lanka war crimes footage showed graphically what happens when ordinary people are regarded as mere pawns who can be sacrificed in a contest between rival commanders, says Savi Hensman, reviewing the evidence. But all human life is precious and such degrading practices must be outlawed