Facebook icon
Twitter icon
e-mail icon

Tamil families of disappeared launch petition campaign demanding international justice

Families of the disappeared in Mullaitivu have launched a petition campaign on Saturday, calling for an international accountability mechanism to ensure justice for their loved ones.

The petition, launched ahead of the UN Human Rights Council session later this month, calls for an international mechanism which Sri Lankan leaders have repeatedly rejected despite co-sponsoring a resolution that mandates foreign judges participating in a accountability mechanism in 2015.

Recent months has seen protests across the North-East and around the world call for Sri Lanka to be referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC). 

The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) said in a statement to the UN Human Rights Council last week that the Sri Lankan government’s failure to establish an accountability mechanism for violations of international law means that referral to the International Criminal Court or the creation of another international mechanism “would be fully warranted”.

We need your support

Sri Lanka is one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a journalist. Tamil journalists are particularly at threat, with at least 41 media workers known to have been killed by the Sri Lankan state or its paramilitaries during and after the armed conflict.

Despite the risks, our team on the ground remain committed to providing detailed and accurate reporting of developments in the Tamil homeland, across the island and around the world, as well as providing expert analysis and insight from the Tamil point of view

We need your support in keeping our journalism going. Support our work today.