One year after the end of the conflict in Sri Lanka, thousands of victims of human rights violations committed by both government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) are being denied justice, truth and reparations.
The complete failure of the Sri Lankan government to genuinely address this impunity means that the United Nations must step in and conduct an independent international investigation as a first step towards international justice.
In particular, the truth must be established about the extent of violations that occurred in the final stages of the war, when the government prohibited independent monitoring and reporting by the United Nations and other observers.
Disturbingly, the United Nations has so far failed to take any effective action to establish the truth and demand accountability for violations committed in Sri Lanka.
For lasting peace in Sri Lanka, there must be accountability. Allegations of war crimes and other crimes under international law must be fully investigated and those found to be responsible must be prosecuted before competent, impartial and independent criminal courts.
Survivors and the families of those killed must be provided with full and effective reparations to address their suffering and to help them rebuild their lives.
Impunity will continue in Sri Lanka unless the United Nations establishes an independent international investigation.
Image: Civilians, in between Kilinochchi and Mulathiv, Sri Lanka, May 2009, during the last few months of the war. Copyright: Private
Please sign Amnesty International’s petition below to the United Nations Secretary-General and circulate it to your friends, families and networks:
I call on the United Nations to establish an independent, international investigation without further delay to investigate human rights abuses in Sri Lanka.