conflict in sri lanka

  • 20 Feb 2013

    One hundred and thirty three clergy and members of religious orders in Sri Lanka have written to the United Nations Human Rights Council, calling for action.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 18 Apr 2011

    As a Dutch teenager under Nazi occupation, Ben Bavinck learnt to resist fascism. He later taught in Sri Lanka, then returned in 1988, amidst violent turmoil. By that time, the island had become notorious throughout the world because of the scale of killings, by both government and rebel forces. While doing relief and rehabilitation work for the National Christian Council, he kept diaries, describing and seeking to make sense of what he witnessed.

  • 9 Feb 2011

    A senior Anglican bishop in Sri Lanka has condemned the "continuing attacks on media and the connected activities", including nonviolent protest.

  • 15 Oct 2010

    Three leading human rights NGOs have called for an international inquiry into the evidence of war crimes and other abuses during the civil war.

  • 13 Oct 2010

    The Catholic Church in Sri Lanka has joined demands for the release of opposition leader Sarath Fonseka, the former Sri Lankan army chief.

  • 27 Sep 2010

    Treating any politician as a near-deity, and giving him or her absolute power, is a dangerous course, says Savi Hensman. In concentrating power in his own hands, President Mahinda Rajapaksa resembles the ruthless Tamil Tiger leader Velupillai Prabhakaran.

  • 14 Aug 2010

    The Elders network has criticised the Sri Lankan government over its "clampdown on domestic critics and disdain for human rights".