Dear Prime Minister,
We are writing to urge you to stand up for justice in Sri Lanka, and act to end the climate of impunity perpetuated by its government.
Since 2009, the Government of Sri Lanka has refused to meaningfully investigate allegations of serious rights abuses from war crimes committed by armed forces and the LTTE in 2009, to torture, illegal arrests, and killings by security forces that are carried out even today. The UN Human Rights Office recently said that the Government of Sri Lanka may be unwilling to do what it takes to secure justice and reconciliation.
Faced with criticism, the Government of Sri Lanka has lashed out against those who demand accountability at home, and made empty promises about protecting the rule of law internationally.
It is time to hold the Rajapaksa government accountable.
In March, Sri Lanka will face questions at the UN Human Rights Council about its progress on improving its human rights record and addressing allegations of crimes under international law.
As a country with close ties to Sri Lanka, India is
in a unique position to influence Sri Lanka to respect and protect the
rights of its citizens. We ask you to use this opportunity wisely.
Specifically, we recommend that the Government of India:
Call for a UN-led mechanism to monitor the current human rights situation in Sri Lanka;
Urge the Government of Sri Lanka to repeal the Prevention of Terrorism Act, and stop attacks and intimidation against its critics.
India owes a duty to the people of Sri Lanka. We urge you to not let them down.
Amnesty International India
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This petition closed almost 4 years ago
There is an urgent need for an independent and credible international investigation into alleged violations of international law in Sri Lanka.