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The international community must act on a robust new UN report calling for an international investigation into alleged human rights violations and war crimes in Sri Lanka, Amnesty International said.

“It’s utterly shameful that five years after Sri Lanka’s armed conflict ended, the victims and family members have yet to see justice. NaviPillay’s latest report is another urgent and poignant reminder that an international investigation into alleged human rights violations and war crimes cannot wait,” said Polly Truscott, Amnesty International’s Deputy Asia-Pacific Director.

“Sri Lanka has so far done all it can to throw sand in the eyes of the international community and to block attempts to bring genuine accountability for past human rights violations.

“This report has to be an eye-opener, and we urge the UN Human Rights Council in March to pass a strong resolution establishing international investigation.”

“NaviPillay’s findings echo our own. We are still receiving new eyewitness accounts and other allegations of gruesome violations by both government forces and the Tamil Tigers during the armed conflict.”

NaviPillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, today published her review of the government’s efforts to investigate human rights violations during and after the Sri Lankan armed conflict, which ended in 2009, concluding that its consistent failure to establish the truth and achieve justice is fundamentally a question of political will.   

Pillay also highlighted the overwhelming sense of grief and trauma among victims and survivors that, if left unaddressed, will continue to undermine confidence in the State and reconciliation.
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  • ABC Tuesday, 25 February 2014 02:26 PM

    Where were u for past 30 years? Guess just woke up from hybernation. After so called investigation, who is going to be accountable for LTTE HR voilations? via DM Android App

    BuffaloaCitizen Tuesday, 25 February 2014 09:04 AM

    Thank you AI, if not for organisations like you, dastardly and cowardly criminal acts committed by nations such as Sri Lanka will continue their historic traditions with complete impunity and arrogance.

    Rajnie Kulatunga Tuesday, 25 February 2014 09:09 AM

    well .... when did you for such an action against the US, Briten or the NATO froces ?

    Chamipika Ranawaka Tuesday, 25 February 2014 09:37 AM

    Stupid!! Tamils are always safe in SL. There weren't any riots committed against them in 1956 or 1983. There was no sinhala only Act in 1956. Not even an insect was killed during the war other, only LTTE was killed.

    sinniah Tuesday, 25 February 2014 09:55 AM

    Let us see HOW the civilised international society take NAVI pillay`s RECOMENDATIONS !
    Will it to go sleep or take propper tough ACTION on the CRIMINALS who have already become a bad EXAMPLE, because of non action against crimes to humanity with vigoure.
    Because of leniancy shown to GOSL now the more arrogance by GOVERNMENTAL forces everywhere....

    So it is INEVITABLE....

    flatwhite Wednesday, 26 February 2014 11:42 AM

    Amenisty international and UNHRC should pay all the singhalese who was killed by tamil tigers for past 30 years in sri lanka

    Suq Madique Tuesday, 25 February 2014 03:18 PM

    AI please act on IPKF atrocities inSL also....

    gamarala Tuesday, 25 February 2014 03:24 PM

    I resigned form AI after 20 years being a member, when they accepted a 'donation' of $50K from the Canadian Tamil Forum the year before. Check the records. This is blood money from the LTTE Diaspora talking. Just ignore these organizations. Why no condemnations of the worlds worst human rights abusers such as the USA & UK where they commit international war crimes with impunity. The double standard is obvious.

    gamarala Tuesday, 25 February 2014 03:27 PM

    The LTTE carders should consider themselves lucky, that they surrendered to the S/L forces and not to any other. They were all rehabilitated and released. Have anyone heard of" Bagram" "Gitmo" and so forth? AI should look at what is taking place in these institutions.

    Magay Paiya Tuesday, 25 February 2014 10:55 AM

    ithin king iwarai, oppostion and facebook are not the reason for this. Just have to correct in the family side for whom you have given more power for reacting keeping a group behind on behind on ethical wise. so the international community look at this and pressuring more now

    willows Tuesday, 25 February 2014 11:18 AM

    this is rubbish AI was sleeping for more than 25 years when the LTTE was killing everyone indiscriminately.

    Mole Pukke Tuesday, 25 February 2014 11:20 AM

    Because of the family power, you are walking in the streets without bomb scare.

    Gobi Tuesday, 25 February 2014 11:22 AM

    keep up the pressure. Thanks AI

    Nodrog Wednesday, 26 February 2014 04:24 AM

    Isn't it hilarious how the 'truth' always surfaces only when the UN council is about to meet?


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