Are They Alive? - calling for accountability and justice for the victims in Sri Lanka
Over 18,000 Tamil people were arrested or surrendered to the Sri Lankan military in May 2009, and their whereabouts remain unknown to this day.
According to the Sri Lankan government’s statistics, 146,679 Tamil civilians remain unaccounted for since the end of the war. The families of the disappeared are desperate to find out what happened to their loved ones – whether they are dead or alive – so they can move on.
It was at the request of world leaders and the international community the Tamil civilians walked into a deathtrap, thinking that they would be protected by the international community.
Since May 2009, Tamil people have been campaigning for justice for the victims of disappeared, tortured, raped and held in unknow prisons under Sri Lanka's draconian law 'Prevention of Terrorism Act'.
The Tamil people want an international independent investigation in to war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide committed against our people.
These atrocities were highlighted in the Channel 4 documentary 'The Killing Fields' with evidence - Sri Lanka's Killing Fields by Channel 4.
The UN resolution 30/1, 'Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka' recommended a hybrid Investigation with foreign and Commonwealth Judges. Sri Lanka also co-sponsored this resolution on 1st October 2015. However the Sri Lankan govenment is now refusing to implement the resolution in full. Human Rights violations are still taking place in Sri Lanka in the form of torture, rape and landgrab. Srilanka is reneging on its promisses.
In order to exert pressure on the Sri Lankan Government through the International community and the UN, funds are required . These funds will be used to carry out advocacy work in capitals of major countries and in Geneva.