Thirteen organizations call on the UN Human Rights Council to support justice and accountability for crimes against civilians in Sri Lanka.

Camp for internally displaced persons, March 2009 (UN Photo)

Last week, United to End Genocide joined a dozen organizations – including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and Freedom House – in a statement highlighting the abuses that took place during the last months of Sri Lanka’s civil war.

The statement called on the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to:

demonstrate its commitment to justice for victims and their families by taking effective action toward establishing an independent international accountability mechanism.

Both the Sri Lankan government and the rebel forces are accused of crimes against civilians. It is estimated that up to 40,000 innocent men, women and children were killed in the last five months of the 25 year war that ended in May 2009. Most of the deaths in the final days were due to indiscriminate shelling of civilian areas by the Sri Lankan army.

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