SL internal inquiry flawed – Amnesty

September 7, 2011 Comments Off on SL internal inquiry flawed – Amnesty

Amnesty International – Sri Lanka: Inquiry into armed conflict fundamentally flawed

7 September 2011

The Sri Lankan government’s inquiry into the country’s civil war is fundamentally flawed and provides no accountability for atrocities, according to a new Amnesty International report.

When will they get justice? exposes the shortcomings of the inquiry, the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC). These include its failure to properly pursue allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity levelled against both government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

“The Sri Lankan government has, for almost two years, used the LLRC as its trump card in lobbying against an independent international investigation. Officials described it as a credible accountability mechanism, able to deliver justice and promote reconciliation. In reality it’s flawed at every level: in mandate, composition and practice,” said Amnesty International’s Asia Pacific Director, Sam Zarifi… More

Click here to download the full report of ‘Sri Lanka: When will they get justice? Failures of Sri Lanka’s Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission’

Amnesty calls again for a war crimes investigation in SL

June 13, 2011 Comments Off on Amnesty calls again for a war crimes investigation in SL

Amnesty International Statement issued for the Press Conference held in Canadian Parliament on June 14, 2011

Amnesty International reiterates call for UN-led independent inquiry into alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Sri Lanka.

The public premiere of Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields, follows the publication of a hard-hitting 12 April 2011 UN report, by the Panel of Experts, which found that there are “credible allegations, which if proven, indicate that wide range of serious violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law was committed both by the Government of Sri Lanka and the LTTE, some of which would amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity”.

This documentary, underscores the absolute necessity of a UN-led independent inquiry to investigate allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity during the final phase of the war in Sri Lanka in spring 2009.

Amnesty International has repeatedly called for the Secretary-General to launch an independent international mechanism to investigate the allegations, and the organization continues to urge the UN Human Rights council to support such an inquiry.

Amnesty International hopes that the broadcasting of the documentary and the new footage it reveals would encourage Canada to urge the UN to establish an independent investigation into war crimes committed in Sri Lanka.

13 June 2011

For more information, please contact:

John Tackaberry, Media Relations

Amnesty International Canada

613-744-7667, ext 236

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