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Justice sought on Muttur killings

2014 Mar 08

The French Government today said that the Sri Lankan government must shed light on the heinous murders of the 17 workers of Action Contre La Faim (Action Against Hunger) in Muttur in 2006.

In a statement to the UN Human Rights Council at the 25th session today, the French Government said that the In Sri Lanka the fight against impunity is indispensable to national reconciliation.

“The fight against impunity is essential everywhere. In Sri Lanka the fight against impunity is indispensable to national reconciliation. It is even a priority. We urge the Sri Lankan authorities to implement recommendations of the reconciliation commission and put an end to the repression against the defenders of human rights. Finally, the Sri Lankan government must shed light on the heinous murders of the 17 workers of Action Contre La Faim there over seven years in 2006,” France said.

Action Contre La Faim, a French NGO, lat year released a report on the murder of 17 humanitarian workers in 2006 in Muttur.

ACF has said it has proof that Sri Lankan army, navy and police personnel were implicated in the August 4, 2006 massacre in the city of Muttur, in Trincomalee.

“In one of the most heinous crimes ever committed against humanitarian workers, the 17 aid workers were lined up, forced to their knees and each shot in the head,” ACF said in a statement.

It alleges that the killers were protected by the Sri Lankan authorities at the highest levels and describes an official investigation into the killing as a “farce” characterised by the systematic destruction of evidence and multiple irregularities.

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