Investigate Shooting of 12-Year-Old Boy in Sri Lanka

Target: Sri Lankan military

Goal: Push for an immediate investigation of the suspicious circumstances of the death of a 12-year-old boy in a war zone

In 2009 the Sri Lankan civil war was drawing to a close and the military, who won the war through a bloody offensive on the rebel Tamil Tigers, was subsequently accused of war crimes and a number of missteps. Now, a new concern has been raised: the son of the Tigers’ leader, Balachandran Prabhakaran, was claimed to have been killed in the crossfire in the final days of the war. But new photos taken just two hours before his shooting death show him healthy and in custody, raising the suspicion that he was summarily executed.

As Sri Lanka’s military used force to end its long ethnic civil war, the government has troublingly consolidated power, intimidated the press, and been accused of serious corruption. Perhaps even worse were the allegations that in the last days of the war the government knowingly shelled an area that contained over 250,000 innocent civilians in a an attempt to flush out the last of the rebels.

Now photos have been leaked showing the son of the rebel leader alive and well in custody just before his death. It seems apparent that the boy, instead of being killed by accident in the crossfire, must have been intentionally executed within hours of his capture. The boy was found shot five times in the chest. The military has denied the allegations.

Sign the petition below to demand that the government hold its own military accountable by setting up a serious inquiry into the suspicious death of the 12-year-old Balachandran Prabhakaran.


Dear leaders of the Sri Lankan military,

Recent photos dated two hours before the death of the 12-year-old Balachandran Prabhakaran show the boy in military custody, alive and unharmed. This directly contradicts the official story that the boy was accidentally killed in the crossfire of the firefight that preceded his capture. This would seem to indicate that elements in the Sri Lankan military intentionally executed the boy.

For the sake of justice in your country and reconciliation with your Tamil minority, please immediately initiate a serious inquiry into the events leading up to the boy’s death and hold any wrongdoers responsible before the law.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Images of Sri Lanka – Sequential Shots via Flickr

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