Kerry McBroom

Kerry McBroom (Home for Human Rights – HHR): Kerry has shown her commitment to law and justice throughout her academic career. She designed her own major in International Human Rights at Cornell University and volunteered in the New York State juvenile justice system. She also volunteered for human rights projects in Germany (post-conflict reconciliation), India (child rights), and Denmark (HIV/AIDS awareness). At the time of her fellowship, Kerry was pursuing legal degrees at American University Washington College of Law and in Paris at Université Paris X. Kerry has also worked for clients in Darfur, Cyprus, and Uganda as a research assistant for the Public International Law and Policy Group (PILPG) at AU, and interned at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague. After her fellowship, Kerry wrote: “I think I did everything that a human rights activist can possibly do - from writing legal briefs/reports to interviewing victims in the field to working with donors. The fellowship made me more confident and showed me that I have a lot more to learn. I know that everything I learned this summer will inform my approach to academic projects, future professional endeavors, and my day-to-day activities."

Somebody’s Watching Me

23 Jul

It seems that the average person in post-war Colombo no longer fears war-related violence.  The government, on the other hand, continues to rule under emergency law, to staff military checkpoints, and to regulate all foreign travel to the war zones in the Northern Province.

When I ask Sri Lankans (of any ethnicity, religion, or class) about their government, responses range from the purely cynical to the absolutely terrified.  Everyone expresses a common aversion to causing trouble, drawing attention, or making enemies.

As for me, I get the distinct feeling that the government is keeping an eye on my day-to-day activities…literally.  This week, I documented every image of Sri Lanka’s president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, I pass during my daily 30-minute round-trip commute.  (I apologize for the quality of some of the pictures. I had to take many of them steps away from military personnel, speeding traffic, or both).

3-Wheeler support

First sighting: on my way to the bus stop, 8:00 am.

In the bus

On the bus, 8:05 am.

At Lipton Circus

Overlooking Lipton Circle, 8:07 am.

With Children

Supporting the children of Sri Lanka, 8:12 am.

At the bank

At the bank, 8:13 am.


From the bank, 8:15 am.


With a Buddhist monk, 6:00 pm.

font of bus

Another supportive bus crew, 6:02 pm.

At the Convention Center

Promotion at the Convention Center, 6:07 pm.

Across from the Park

A friendly wave, 6:08 pm.

In Traffic

A more subtle image, but he’s up there, 6:10 pm.

Promoting Buddhism

Another shot with a monk, 6:11 pm.

Crossing the Street

Next to a flashing neon Buddhist flag, 6:16 pm.

Political Support

Lending political support, 6:20 pm

3-Wheeler Double Support

Doubly supportive 3-wheeler, 6:30 pm.

Ultimately, the President’s omnipresent smiling face reminds everyone in Colombo of just who runs the show.

Posted By Kerry McBroom

Posted Jul 23rd, 2010


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