Written by Bella Dalima
04 Dec, 2013 | 11:03 pm
France-based NGO, Action Against Hunger, has launched a report on the killing of seventeen aid workers in Muttur in 2006.
Entitled The truth about the assassination of 17 humanitarian aid workers in Sri Lanka, the report unveils that according to the information ACF holds, the aid workers were assassinated by members of the Sri Lankan security forces and the criminals were covered up by top authorities.
Mike Penrose, Executive Director of ACF-France said in a statement posted on the organisation’s website that paramount that those who do not respect humanitarian aid workers are brought to justice and that these crimes do not go unpunished.
The statement reads further that ACF does not seek to be or to replace a judge and that up until now, the organisation position was to wait for the outcome of the official investigation.
ACF notes further that “now that the relevant domestic mechanisms have been exhausted, witnesses have been silenced and the internal Sri Lankan investigation has become a farce, ACF considers it has a moral duty to denounce publicly the perpetrators of this crime”.
ACF calls on the international community to consider seriously the arguments presented in the report and to end the impunity by conducting an independent international investigation into the killings.
The BBC reported that a Sri Lankan Military Spokesman rejected ACF’s allegations, suggesting the charity had withheld evidence. Army Media Spokesperson Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya had told the BBC that withholding alleged evidence instead of releasing it in support of the government’s investigation raised suspicion about the group’s motives.
The BBC quoted Brigadier Wanigasooriya as saying, “This is another instance of a pattern which has emerged since the end of the conflict where certain organisations level government without providing sufficient details to enable an investigation.
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