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Over the past two decades, the Sri Lankan government has repeatedly appointed Commissions of Inquiry to investigate high-profile cases of human rights violations in response to domestic and international pressure. These may give the appearance that
Successive governments have promised to end atrocities and bring perpetrators to justice, but they have not delivered on their promises. The debate within Sri Lankan and in the international community needs to move forward. Rather than focusing on the most recent atrocity or the latest Commission of Inquiry, it should centre on the need to prevent ongoing violations and ensure real accountability for past abuses.
Amnesty International calls for systematic and sustained international human rights monitoring and technical assistance:
AI Index: ASA 37/005/2009
Date published: 11/06/2009