APPGT & BTF host an Exhibition
The All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils (APPGT) in collaboration with the British Tamils Forum (BTF) hosted an exhibition and situation update event in Westminster on 31 January 2012. The event was held to inform UK Parliamentarians, members of the House of Lords and diplomats from various countries about atrocities that were committed during the war and on the current situation in Sri Lanka.
Several photos, books, publications, documentaries and videos were on display. There were also key eyewitnesses to the bloody war in Sri Lanka present at the event. Over 100 people attended the event and were given packs of information on leaving.
The UN expert panel called for an international mechanism to investigate alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Sri Lanka.
The much-awaited Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) report was released recently by the government of Sri Lanka. The LLRC commission has neither investigated nor dealt with the war crimes charges nor the charges of crimes against humanity.
The whereabouts of the children less than 5 years old who survived the war is still unknown and no information has been provided to date about those who were arrested with alleged connection to the LTTE.
Some of the photographic exhibits in the exhibition provide evidence that some of these people have been killed after being taken into custody.
Abduction and disappearances continue in Sri Lanka amidst a media blackout. It is also apparent that the Sri Lankan military is now in charge of the North and East civil administration.
For a long term sustainable peace in Sri Lanka, accountability and justice is a must.
APPGT will continue to voice in the British Parliament and in the international forums for an International Independent Investigation into war crimes and crimes against humanity in Sri Lanka.