Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace & Justice

One Year On – Sri Lanka Campaign Reports

May 21, 2010 Sri Lanka Campaign Comments Off

It’s been a tragic year for Sri Lankans inside and outside the country, and one year after the end of the conflict, tens of thousands of innocent civilians are still suffering.

— 82,000 people – children, women, the elderly – are languishing in squalid camps

— many of those who have ‘returned home’ came back to rubble and poverty

— while the shelling has stopped, attacks on lawyers, journalists and aid workers haven’t

— more than 10,000 alleged insurgents, including former child soldiers are held in camps where torture has been documented

— and despite its claims and commissions, the ruling regime has done nothing to bring about justice for victims or promote reconciliation

Please act now! Sign our new urgent action petition to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

We are asking all Campaign supporters to help us urgently call for a credible, independent and effective war crimes investigation.

The Government of Sri Lanka is keen to pacify the international community by setting up its own ‘Commission into Lessons Learnt”. Let’s remind Mr Ban that no Sri Lankan inquiry has ever yielded results and that gross human right abuses still occur every day.

Once you’ve signed, please forward the link to others by email or share through your Facebook page.

There can be no lasting peace without justice.

The Sri Lanka Campaign team

The Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace & Justice is a global non-partisan movement calling for justice, rights and reconciliation in Sri Lanka.

While the situation remains desperate, the Campaign has made progress on specific goals, such as giving a voice to human rights defenders in Sri Lanka and lobbying for suspension of the EU’s preferential trade agreement with the country.

We are now gearing up to re-launch the Campaign as a long-term initiative. For this, we need your ongoing support!