4th October 2012 - This week, Action Against Hunger launched a campaign of advocacy and mobilisation to demand justice for 17 ACF aid workers who were executed in the town of Muttur, Sri Lanka on 4th August 2006. The campaign is anchored in a signature video and petition that request an independent United Nations investigation to shed light on the circumstances of the murders and hold those responsible for the massacre accountable.
WARNING: Video depicts graphic images, not suitable for all audiences.
Our colleagues were taking shelter in ACF’s offices in Muttur on 4th August 2006, as fighting between government and rebel forces engulfed the town. In one of the most heinous crimes ever committed against humanitarian workers, our 17 colleagues were lined up, forced to their knees and each shot in the head. None of the three national investigations undertaken in Sri Lanka has resulted in substantive answers; worse, evidence has been deliberately concealed and local authorities have obstructed justice.
We’re now facing a critical turning point and need your help. The UN Human Rights Council is scheduled to discuss Sri Lanka’s human rights record on 1st November 2012 in Geneva. We need to seize this opportunity, perhaps our last, to ensure these crimes don’t go unsolved and unpunished.
We’re asking you to watch the signature video and sign the petition. You can also explore a timeline of events between August 2006 and today, learn more about the courageous people ACF lost that day, read up on the campaign blog, and tweet your support using #justiceformuttur.
Journalists and bloggers can also explore a digital toolkit.
To view the campaign’s signature video, visit www.justiceformuttur.org or view the video above. At the end of the video, you will be prompted to sign the petition. Our petition will be handed over to the President of the Human Rights Council of the United Nations on 22nd of October.
To learn more about the Justice for Muttur campaign, contact:
Julia Belusa | 0033 1 43 35 82 22