27 June, 2022


Most Crimes Committed Before, During And After War Remain Uninvestigated And Unpunished: Amnesty International

Amnesty International has claimed that most crimes allegedly committed before, during and after Sri Lanka’s armed conflict remain uninvestigated and unpunished. In a written statement submitted to the 33rd session of the UN Human Rights Council which commences on Tuesday, 13th September 2016, Amnesty International pointed out that threats against human rights defenders and journalists continue to persist even under the current government, while despite rhetoric impunity persists in some cases.

 In the written statement Amnesty International said, “Most crimes under international law allegedly committed before, during, and after Sri Lanka’s protracted armed conflict between government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), which ended in 2009, remain uninvestigated and unpunished.”

“Despite repeated promises to progress investigations, impunity persists in most cases, including the January 2006 extrajudicial executions of five students in Trincomalee by Sri Lankan security personnel; the shootings of 17 aid workers with Action Contre La Faim; the enforced disappearance of human rights defender Stephen Sunthararaj in 2009 after his abduction by security personnel; the disappearance of cartoonist Prageeth Eknaligoda in January 2010; and the disappearance of political activists Lalith Weeraraj and Kugan Muruganandan, last seen in Jaffna in December 2011. Families have waited years for truth and justice in these cases,” Amnesty said.

Amnesty noted that threats against human rights defenders and journalists persist even under the current government headed by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

“For example, Amnesty International was disturbed to learn of the beating on 2 June of journalist Freddy Gamage by supporters of a Negombo politician. Gamage, who received head injuries and required hospitalisation, had been threatened over articles he wrote exposing the politician’s alleged corruption and links to organised crime. Gamage told Amnesty International that he was further threatened by one of the men he accused of attacking him when they met in court after he pointed him out in an identification parade. The government must ensure he is protected,” Amnesty said.

Amnesty however noted that there have been positive developments since 2015 when Sri Lanka co-sponsored the Human Rights Council Resolution 30/1 Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in the country, including increased openness to engage with Special Procedures.
“However, slow progress in delivering on many aspects of the ambitious agenda coupled with lack of transparency has led some victims and human rights defenders to express frustration,” the statement said.

Amnesty also said that flaws in relation to public consultation must be addressed without delay. “Public consultations, the bedrock on which Sri Lanka’s transitional justice process must be built, are underway. However, implementation has been undermined by lack of government resources, including to publicise the process nationally to all affected communities and provide effective protection mechanisms so that victims and their families can participate in safety and confidence. These flaws must be addressed without delay,” the statement said.

With regard to the Office of the Missing Persons (OMP), Amnesty said that to be effective, the OMP must provide families with the truth about what happened to their loved ones.” Many fear their right to truth might be compromised because Sri Lanka’s newly enacted Right to Information Act would not apply to confidential information received by the Office. The OMP must not agree to confidentiality regarding any information that would deny families the truth about the whereabouts or fate of their loved ones or obstruct their access to justice,” the written statement said.

Amnesty also said that families of the disappeared, activists and other Sri Lankans say the Government has not adequately explained its reform agenda nor acted on demands for an interim relief policy. “Sri Lankan needs to show progress on all four pillars of transitional justice, but there are several steps the Sri Lankan government should take now to sustain public faith in the process,” the statement said.

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  • 6

    Amnesty International

    RE: Most Crimes Committed Before, During And After War Remain Uninvestigated And Unpunished: Amnesty International

    What do you mean?

    This is the Faith Island, Dhamma Deepaya, where “Buddhism” is practiced with Maitriya! Read the Mahawamsa and the 2,500 year old Colonization and Civilization of the Land of Native Veddah Aethho occupied by Paras. Yes most Crimes Committed Before, During And After by the Paras against the Native Veddah Aethho Remain Uninvestigated And Unpunished:

    Don’t you believe in the Chronicles?

    The Paras do not believe in investigations. This is the tradition.

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      The same Amnesty got its reputation shattered for backing the so called moderate rebels in Syria, until the moderates posted video’s of beheading a 13 year old boy, civilians in iron cages as a human shield, eating hearts, Also using chemical weapons etc etc etc, And Lets not forget how it left Libya today backing the wrong rebels. I see Amnesty now vigorously defending it’s own reputation.

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        sri lankan envoy to Malaysia brutally assaulted, in a high security area, by so called Nationalist and racist Indian Tamils of Malaysia. The deputy CM of the Indian Tamils in Malaysia who is part of this Racist group applauds these actions. A deep racist strain of nationalism is bread in Indian Tamils which run to the very top of a Government, But where is the outrage, the news, the Investigation????? We keep hearing non-stop about a Jaffna Girls School or a coal power plant or this article, yet these no go areas for sri lankans in Malaysia by Racist Indian Tamils is not exposed?

  • 9

    I am not going to waste any money on Maj. Gen. Kamal Gunaratne book but Amnesty International should do a fact check of the lies he had written.

    Although the alleged war crimes are not mentioned he has openly in an interview accepted that he did not disclose any military secrets which includes the slaughter of civilians, rape of women and children, looting of what ever valuables the military got its hands unto.

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      Burt, you should invest in Ajith Boyagoda’s book ‘ A long watch’.

  • 3

    Governments always run defecits. We could be debt free, just as a company can be debt free – a company that is in debt to the tune of billions can simply sell of its assets and lay off workers, but that is not the point.

    What will be the state of the ordinary citizen in 2020? What about peace and reconcilliation? What about human rights? all these are more important than debt freedom.

    The present government asked for these debts when they asked to take over power they cannot complain. Apparently these debts were worth the price of risking their lives to go against the “evil previous regime” so thee debts are very important to them.

    One bright opportunity is for :

    “Developing the capability ( knowledge, skills, attitudes and values) of the human resource pool to meet emerging job opportunities”

    What are our future job demands? Our you lack analytical skills and according to worldwide statistics, lack IQ.

  • 6

    It s clear to all worldwide that Sri Lanka is not yet governed by rule of law:

    Accountability in all actions of the state and its political leaders and agents is a must to establish a truly democratic society with justice and dignity for all.

    Until then Sri Lanka may be classified a failed of a decadent state.

  • 3

    I know it is September when I read a new paid Amnesty International report on Sri Lanka!

    • 6

      Nuisance the stupid I

      “I know it is September when I read a new paid Amnesty International report on Sri Lanka!”

      You are right we are in September. At least you got the month right. However we are in 2016 not in 1956.

  • 1

    Between January to August 2016, 434 people were murdered in Srilanka ( Disclosed in Srilanka Parliament a few days ago ) and this is peace time. A truly peaceful nation we are, no ?

  • 1

    I wonder whether AI has mentioned any of the crimes committed by Tamil Terrorists in their report?

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      “I wonder whether AI has mentioned any of the crimes committed by Tamil Terrorists in their report?”

      Once in a while you should relocate your bump and do some research to find out whatever you want to read. The Amnesty has had produced more than 40 reports over the past 30 years.

      But then you are trying to be a bit of a smart patriot and ask the same old question at every other Tuesdays.

      UNHRC, Amnesty and other human right organisation have files load of report on LTTE, Armed Forces, …… If you really are interested send an email requesting reports from their public relation office:



      The International Secretariat is responsible for the majority of the organization’s research and leads our campaigning work:

      Americas (Mexico City, Mexico)

      Address: Calle Luz Saviñon 519 Colonia del Valle, Benito Juarez 03100 Ciudad de Mexico

      East Africa (Nairobi, Kenya)

      Telephone: +254-20-4283000

      Address: Office: 3rd Flr Parkfield Place, Kanjata Road, off Waiyaki Way Westlands, Nairobi, Kenya / Mailing: PO Box 1527, 00606 Sarit Centre, Nairobi, Kenya

      Twitter: @amnestyEARO

      East Asia (Hong Kong)

      Telephone: +852 39637100

      Fax: +852 39637197

      Address: 16/F Siu On Centre, 188 Lockhart Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong

      London, United Kingdom

      Email: contactus@amnesty.org

      Telephone: +44-20-74135500

      Fax number: +44-20-79561157

      Address: 1 Easton Street, London, WC1X 0DW, UK

      Twitter: @Amnestyonline

      Southern Africa (Johannesburg, South Africa)

      Telephone: +27-112836000

      Fax number: +27-114471734

      Address: 3 on Glenhove, Melrose Estate, 2196, Johannesburg, South Africa

      Twitter: @AmnestySARO

      West and Central Africa (Dakar, Senegal)

      Telephone: +221 33 869 30 03

      Address: Immeuble Seydi Djamil, 3e étage, Avenue Cheikh Anta Diop x 3 rue Leo Frobenius, P.O. Box 47582, Dakar, Senegal

      Twitter: @AmnestyWARO

      Make sure you retain this contact details somewhere safe and easy to remember and access whenever you get an urge.


      In the final weeks of Sri Lanka’s armed conflict in May 2009 an estimated 40,000 civilians were killed. Corralled into government ‘No Fire Zones’ on northern beaches, civilians were shelled and hospitals deliberately bombed. The opposition Tamil Tigers (LTTE) conscripted child soldiers, used civilians as human shields against the approaching army and shot those who tried to escape. People trapped by the fighting were deprived of food, water and medical care.


      At long last Sri Lanka’s war crimes will be investigated

      • 2

        yes nice to see old outdated articles many of which raise concerns and not finger pointing, one goes as far as sitting down and talking about human rights with a outfit that produced suicide bombers, and no condemnation of those acts. ohh and the old 40, 000 dead??? even the USA and its state dep now saw 40,000 is not a accurate figure and has no basis ditto the europe which many of us in colombo fell from our seats. i suggest you compare the luke warm LTTE reports you have give us with the Harsh one sided report of GOSL previous regime as words matter.

  • 1

    Amnesty International, like the Asian Human Rights Commission produce their reports from the safety of their ivory towers many miles away from the actual field of conflict.

  • 0

    a massacre i can’t get rid off my mind is the vankalai massacre.whoever the perpetrators are if they are still walking around,it does not bode well for this country and its inhabitants.I feel ashamed to call myself a srilankan when the government has not even investigated this let alone try to catch the culprits.

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