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Petitioning Government of Sri Lanka

Keep the promise to war survivors

Following a landmark international investigation, in September 2015 the United Nations released a major report on Sri Lanka in which it found strong evidence that serious rights violations, war crimes and crimes against humanity had been committed during the civil war.

In response, the government of Sri Lanka – acting through the UN Human Rights Council – made a series of promises to war survivors and the international community, pledging a wide-ranging set of measures designed to address the legacy of the war. These promises were contained in Human Rights Council resolution 30/1, agreed in October 2015.

The Sri Lanka Campaign is currently monitoring these promises and the extent to which they are being kept by the government. Our latest evaluation, available here, is very concerning. It suggests that not enough is being done to lay the foundations for a sustainable peace in Sri Lanka and avert yet another cycle of conflict.

In March 2017, members of the Human Rights Council will meet to discuss Sri Lanka’s progress and, in light of the ‘expiry date’ on the current resolution, consider the further courses of action available to it. The international community must not shy away from the frank and robust appraisal that our analysis suggests is needed. And it must not let the government of Sri Lanka’s promises slip by the way-side. To that end we are calling on members of the Council to pass a follow-up resolution which reaffirms those promises and sends a strong message to the government that they must make them a reality.

Please take action today by signing the petition and signalling to the government of Sri Lanka, and the members of the Human Rights Council, that these promises have not been forgotten – and that they must be renewed and honored.

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