sri lanka

  • June 26, 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.

  • June 15, 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

  • April 18, 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.

  • February 13, 2011

    A year after the disappearance of Sri Lanka human rights defender Pattani Razeek, Amnesty have renewed their call for those responsible to be brought to justice.

  • February 9, 2011

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

  • November 20, 2010

    Amnesty International has called on Saudi authorities to protect domestic workers from abuse, after the discovery of the mutilated body of an Indonesian woman.

  • October 19, 2010

    Sri Lankan foreign minister GL Peiris is meeting UK Foreign Secretary William Hague amidst calls for an independent investigation into alleged war crimes.

  • October 15, 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.

  • October 13, 2010

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

  • September 27, 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.