Sri Lanka accused of failing to ensure justice 10 years after war

Saturday, 18 May 2019

The Sri Lankan Government has been accused of failing to ensure justice 10 years after the war.

Human Rights Watch said that ten years since the end of Sri Lanka’s brutal civil war, the Government has failed to provide justice for the conflict’s many victims. The conflict ended on May 18, 2009, with the total defeat of the LTTE.

Meanwhile, Amnesty International called on the Government of Sri Lanka to end impunity and put accountability for crimes under international law and human rights violations and abuses at the heart of its transitional justice process.

“It is worrying to see the recurrence of hostility and violence against ethnic and religious minorities in Sri Lanka. While the government has committed itself to a process of reconciliation, the wounds of the past will only heal if there is justice, truth and reparation,” said Biraj Patnaik, South Asia Director at Amnesty International.

“As long as there continues to be impunity for series crimes under international law, Sri Lanka will not be able to decisively break from that history.”

The Sri Lankan government pledged to provide justice for wartime abuses and to take other measures to promote respect for human rights in a United Nations Human Rights Council resolution adopted in October 2015. While there has been some progress to address these commitments, there has been none to provide justice and accountability.