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ACF reiterates call for international investigation

French charity Action Contre La Faim (ACF) has reiterated calls for an international, independent investigation into all allegations of war crimes in Sri Lanka, noting that the recently passed resolution at the UN HRC on Sri Lanka was "not enough".

Speaking to AlertNet,  ACF's Humanitarian Advocacy Advisor Pauline Chetcuti, said,

"It's great that the international community got together to pass this resolution, but it's really not enough because the terms of the resolution are not strong enough and it doesn't force Sri Lanka to do something concrete".

"What we are calling for is an international, credible investigation into war crimes. Asking Sri Lanka to do its own inquiry is ironic as its own army is accused of being behind some of these human rights violations."

Chetcutti, went on to note that no-one had been held responsible for the murder of 17 aid workers from the charity, in the town of Muttur in 2006. All of those slain, except one were Tamil, with the killings thought to have been carried out by Sri Lankan security forces. Chetcutti, stated,

"It's important that those responsible be held accountable. If we want real peace and reconciliation and justice in Sri Lanka, any investigations conducted must be transparent which they have not been so far".

In October 2012 ACF teamed up with Avaaz to release a powerful campaign video on the killings.

 More information can be found on the website "Justice for Muttur".

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