One of Amnesty’s biggest campaigns of the year was lobbying David Cameron and William Hague ahead of the Commonwealth Summit in Sri Lanka. We demanded that Cameron challenge Sri Lanka’s President Rajapaksa on the country’s appalling human rights record, and the atrocities committed during their civil war. At student conference we took part in an incredible demo in Parliament Square, and once back home were inspired to recreate the action outside of the Scottish Parliament. We invited along MSPs and local press and made a lot of noise!
We managed to get an article published in The Student, including a not-so-happy response from Neville de Silva, Sri Lankan Deputy High Commissioner to the UK, who denied allegations of human rights abuses and criticised Amnesty International’s “Goebbelsian technique”! http://www.studentnewspaper.org/blog/2013/11/14/special-report-scottish-students-protest-against-human-rights-abuses-in-sri-lanka/