Amnesty International Statement issued for the Press Conference held in Canadian Parliament on June 14, 2011

Amnesty International reiterates call for UN-led independent inquiry into alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Sri Lanka.

The public premiere of Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields, follows the publication of a hard-hitting 12 April 2011 UN report, by the Panel of Experts, which found that there are “credible allegations, which if proven, indicate that wide range of serious violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law was committed both by the Government of Sri Lanka and the LTTE, some of which would amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity”.

This documentary, underscores the absolute necessity of a UN-led independent inquiry to investigate allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity during the final phase of the war in Sri Lanka in spring 2009.

Amnesty International has repeatedly called for the Secretary-General to launch an independent international mechanism to investigate the allegations, and the organization continues to urge the UN Human Rights council to support such an inquiry.

Amnesty International hopes that the broadcasting of the documentary and the new footage it reveals would encourage Canada to urge the UN to establish an independent investigation into war crimes committed in Sri Lanka.

13 June 2011
For more information, please contact:
John Tackaberry, Media Relations
Amnesty International Canada
613-744-7667, ext 236

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