The campaign is anchored in a signature video and petition that request an independent United Nations investigation to shed light on the circumstances of the murders and hold those responsible for the massacre accountable.
“Our colleagues were taking shelter in ACF’s offices in Muttur on August 4, 2006, as fighting between government and rebel forces engulfed the town. In one of the most heinous crimes ever committed against humanitarian workers, our 17 colleagues were lined up, forced to their knees and each shot in the head. None of the three national investigations undertaken in Sri Lanka has resulted in substantive answers; worse, evidence has been deliberately concealed and local authorities have obstructed justice,” ACF said.
The UN Human Rights Council is scheduled to discuss Sri Lanka’s human rights record on November 1st in Geneva and ACF feels opportunity should be used to ensure the crimes don’t go unsolved and unpunished.