Sri Lanka

View other countries in

  • ASIA AND THE PACIFIC
  • AMERICAN SAMOA
  • AFGHANISTAN
  • ASIA-PACIFIC 2020
  • AUSTRALIA
  • BHUTAN
  • BANGLADESH
  • COOK ISLANDS
  • CAMBODIA
  • CHINA
  • FIJI
  • INDIA
  • INDONESIA
  • JAPAN
  • MALAYSIA
  • MONGOLIA
  • MYANMAR
  • NEPAL
  • NEW ZEALAND
  • NORTH KOREA
  • PAKISTAN
  • PAPUA NEW GUINEA
  • PHILIPPINES
  • SINGAPORE
  • SOUTH KOREA
  • SRI LANKA
  • TAIWAN
  • THAILAND
  • VANUATU
  • VIET NAM

Overview

There was continued impunity for violations committed during the internal armed conflict, and the government failed to uphold commitments to the UN Human Rights Council around justice and reconciliation. As such, justice stalled and impunity prevailed, including in cases of killings and other violations allegedly linked to the ruling Rajapaksa family. Human rights defenders, journalists, lawyers and criminal investigators were increasingly intimidated and harassed. There were reports of deaths in custody and extrajudicial executions. Violence against women remained widespread. Minority Malayaha Tamil labourers suffered disproportionately from loss of wages during the COVID-19 pandemic and their efforts to secure better pay were halted.

Read More

Death Penalty status

Abolitionist in practice

Retains the death penalty in law, but hasn’t executed for at least 10 years

View the Amnesty International Report 2020/21

News

Commentary

Analysis, opinion, personal stories and more.

Media Enquiries


[email protected]

Our Offices

Colombo Office

Address

Amnesty International South Asia 23/2 Horton Place, Colombo 7, Sri Lanka

Phone

+94 72 737 5467

Amnesty International Secretariat Office

View all contact info

Research

Reports, briefings, urgent actions and UN submissions.