At least 60,000 civilians remain trapped in the conflict zone in the north of Sri Lanka, facing serious risk of injury and death.
According to UN estimates, more than 4,500 civilians are believed to have already been killed in the fighting in the north eastern region of Sri Lanka. Hundreds of civilian casualties were reported on Monday alone.
The situation in Sri Lanka has further intensified in the last 48 hours – immediate action must be taken to prevent further mass killing of civilians.
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Send the email on the right hand side of this page to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Stephen Smith, urging the Australian Government to make immediate and direct representations to both the Sri Lankan Government and the LTTE:
- expressing concern at the escalation of violence and the deteriorating humanitarian and human rights situation
- calling for a humanitarian truce, and particularly for immediate action to allow trapped civilians to safely escape the conflict zone
- urging the Sri Lankan Government and the LTTE to immediately take all necessary steps to fully comply with international humanitarian and international human rights law
- stressing that perpetrators of grave violations of human rights and humanitarian law must be held individually responsible and prosecuted for such violations.
In Sri Lanka tens of thousands of people are trapped in the middle of heavy fighting between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the Sri Lankan Armed Forces.
A humanitarian catastrophe is currently taking place: a product of disregard of civilian lives by both the LTTE and the Sri Lankan Government.
Amnesty International is reiterating its call on both sides to declare a humanitarian truce, amongst other measures.
On Wednesday 22 April 2009, Claire Mallinson, National Director Amnesty International Australia, sent a letter to the Hon Stephen Smith MP, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, expressing the organisation’s concern and urging our Government to take action.
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- Read the media release: Action needed now on humanitarian situation in Sri Lanka
- Read our briefing paper Sri Lanka: Stop the War on Civilians in Sri Lanka: A briefing on the humanitarian crisis and lack of human rights protection. Published 27 March 2009.
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