Target: Remigiusz Henczel, United Nations Human Rights Council President
Goal: Force Sri Lanka to investigate civilian murders committed during the Tamil Tiger conflict and stop continued abuses of the Tamil people
The after-effects of a bloody civil war in Sri Lanka have left the country struggling with violent prejudice. The Tamil Tigers, a revolutionary group who rose up against the Sri Lankan government, were defeated in a war that left tens of thousands of civilians dead. Innocent Tamil people are still facing human rights abuses, and anyone who questions the government’s brutality during the war is shouted down or harassed. A resolution to these problems is achievable, it will just require pressure on the Sri Lankan government from several nations. Request that the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council attain justice for Tamil people past and present.
In 2009, the 26-year war against the Tamil Tigers ended in a haze of blood and brutality. According to the UN estimate, over 40,000 Tamil civilians were slaughtered by the Sri Lankan government, but the government has not investigated any of the atrocities committed. Sri Lanka faces no eminent repercussions for ignoring the subject, or for continued human rights violations stemming from the past conflict.
Tensions created by the war have also resulted in abuses of innocent Tamil people and anyone expressing dissatisfaction with the government’s injustice. Tamil people are still watched closely, and sometimes arbitrarily arrested never to be seen again. Authorities forcibly shut down all peaceful protests against the violence, and journalists attempting to flesh out the story are bullied.
In 2012, the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) passed a resolution “noting with concern” the Sri Lankan government’s refusal to address the civilian deaths and current wrongdoings, but it has not forced any change in the situation. The HRC must adopt a more aggressive stance towards Sri Lanka to ensure investigation of the 40,000 civilian deaths and stop ongoing abuses of Tamil people. Sign this petition requesting that the HRC pass a resolution that will bring justice to the Sri Lankan government.
Dear Remigiusz Achilles Henczel,
Ending in 2009, the Sri Lankan government’s civil war against uprising Tamil Tiger rebels resulted in approximately 40,000 civilian deaths. Four years later, the government has not investigated the wartime atrocities, and human rights abuses stemming from the conflict are ongoing.
Sri Lankan authorities forcibly shut down all peaceful protests against the violence, and journalists attempting to flesh out the story are bullied. Although the ongoing human rights violations are clearly documented, no real pressure has been put on the Sri Lankan government to stop them.
In 2012, the HRC passed a resolution “noting with concern” the refusal of the Sri Lankan government to investigate the civilian deaths. Since then, no change has been made. In order to attain justice for Tamil people past and present, the HRC must take a more aggressive stance towards Sri Lanka. I urge you to pass a resolution encouraging more nations to force change in Sri Lanka.
[Your Name Here]
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