idp-tamil0During 2009, thousands of civilians died in the final months of the war in Sri Lanka. Both the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tigers committed war crimes and other gross human rights abuses. But no one has been held accountable. Ask the U.S. government to support an international investigation into war crimes and other abuses committed by both sides during the war in Sri Lanka.

Brief Description:

During 2009, thousands of civilians died in the final months of the war in Sri Lanka. Both the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tigers committed war crimes and other gross human rights abuses. But no one has been held accountable. Ask the U.S. government to support an international investigation into war crimes and other abuses committed by both sides during the war in Sri Lanka.

Target(s):

President Barack Obama

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest

Washington, DC 20500

Action Letter:

I am deeply concerned about the lack of accountability in Sri Lanka. Amnesty International has received consistent, credible reports that both the Sri Lankan government and the opposition Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) committed violations of human rights and international humanitarian law, including war crimes, during the final months of the war in Sri Lanka in 2009. The LTTE used civilians as human shields and shot civilians who tried to flee the war zone. The Sri Lankan armed forces launched indiscriminate attacks on areas densely populated by civilians.

For lasting peace in Sri Lanka, the perpetrators of these crimes must be brought to justice. The Sri Lankan government has a poor record of effectively investigating human rights abuses, as documented in Amnesty International’s reports. An independent, international investigation into reports of violations of human rights and international humanitarian law, including war crimes, by both sides during the war is needed. I respectfully request that the United States government take immediate steps to support the establishment by the United Nations of such an independent, international investigation and cooperate with its operation.