This Sunday 15th March the Sri Lanka Campaign Team will be hitting the tarmac as they take on the 2015 Silverstone Half Marathon in order to raise vital funds for the campaign. We will be running with a particular spring in our step as we celebrate the release (albeit conditional) of Sri Lankan political prisoner Jeyakumary Balendran after being held for 362 days without charge by the Sri Lankan government. During that time the Sri Lanka Campaign - in concert with our supporters and many very brave Sri Lankan Human Rights Defenders - campaigned hard against her detention. Without this pressure, her release would not have been possible.
Yet while she is free today we must not forget that many hundreds of other political prisoners remain in detention in Sri Lanka. Under the Prevention of Terrorism Act no evidence is needed to keep someone in jail; none was ever produced against Jeyakumary, and the same is true of many hundreds of other cases like hers. For this reason the Prevention of Terrorism Act must be repealed and all those held under it released. So if you are able to help cover our running costs and support campaigning to this end, please consider making a donation today, no matter how big or small.
Thank you. The Sri Lanka Campaign Team.