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Sri Lanka: Water, food and first aid in short supply for 250,000 people

June 2, 2009

Picture of Sri Lankan civilians displaced by civil war.

Picture of Sri Lankan civilians displaced by civil war.

Amnesty International reports that more than 250,000 civilians have been displaced by the Sri Lankan civil war and are being held by the government in de facto internment camps in dire conditions without adequate security, food, water, and medical care.

Amnesty International continues to receive consistent reports of widespread and serious human rights violations, including enforced disappearance, extra-judicial executions, torture and other ill-treatment, forced recruitment by paramilitary groups, and sexual violence.

Please take a moment to call upon the Sri Lankan government to grant full access to national and international organisations and observers. It is imperative that aid agencies, human rights organisations and journalists have right of entry to all relevant parts of the country in order to monitor the situation and provide a safeguard against further human rights violations.

You might think these calls to action are pointless. You’d be wrong. An Amnesty tweet last week staved off the execution of a juvenile offender. And you can read more Amnesty success stories here.

It only takes a minute – Amnesty does all the hard work for you. If you do take action on any of these issues, please leave a short comment on this blog to encourage others to follow in your footsteps. Thank you.

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