Lawyers and activists urge Sri Lanka to ban genital cutting
Activists / Doctors / Healthcare professionals / Researchers / Reuters

Lawyers and activists urge Sri Lanka to ban genital cutting

COLOMBO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Lawyers and activists representing a group of Sri Lankan women who were subjected to female genital cutting as children will meet the justice minister on Wednesday to urge a ban on the ritual. The minister called for a meeting after the women spoke out against the tradition which is practiced … Continue reading

Butter knife or sharp blade? Either way, FGM survivors in Sri Lanka want it to stop
Activists / Doctors / Healthcare professionals / Reuters

Butter knife or sharp blade? Either way, FGM survivors in Sri Lanka want it to stop

COLOMBO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – When her daughter turned seven, and it was time for the “khatna” – a female genital mutilation (FGM) ritual – a close friend advised Naqiyah to try the butter knife method. A trusted doctor in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo would simply run a blunt knife against little Tanzeem’s vagina, … Continue reading

Through the eyes of a pioneering forensic architect
Activists / Architects / Falling Walls Science Journalism Fellow / The Sunday Times

Through the eyes of a pioneering forensic architect

Today, Prof. Eyal Weizman will deliver the 18th Neelan Tiruchelvam Trust Lecture at BMICH. Its open to all, and you should go. From experience, I can tell you that Weizman’s work is both provocative and significant. We met when the Israeli professor was a speaker at the Falling Walls conference in Berlin. The conference is … Continue reading

Bogota’s bibliophile trash collector who rescues books
Activists / Al Jazeera / Collectors / Gabriel Garcia Marquez Cultural Journalism Fellowship

Bogota’s bibliophile trash collector who rescues books

Bogota, Colombia – Finding Anna Karenina in the rubbish would change Jose Alberto Gutierrez’s life. It was 20 years ago, but Jose still remembers first glimpsing the Russian classic by Leo Tolstoy in the rubbish outside a home in Bogota’s Bolivia neighbourhood. The rubbish collector loaded his truck with the rest of the waste, but took … Continue reading

Sri Lankans grapple with transitional justice mechanisms
Activists / Lawyers / Researchers / Scroll.In

Sri Lankans grapple with transitional justice mechanisms

  Sri Lankan activists will tell you that the island has a commission culture. In the last 15 years alone, people have stood up and testified before dozens of committees – some, such as the Udalagama Commission, investigating human rights abuses, and others, such as the Mahanama Tilakaratne and Paranagama Commissions, looking into abductions and … Continue reading