Human Rights Defense International (HRDI) is an organization committed to the human rights concerns of Indian Diaspora. HRDI has always supported the right of Tamils to have equal opportunities in all spheres of life in Sri Lanka.
HRDI has come across the news of mass killing of civil population in Sri Lanka in the last phase of war between Sri Lanka Army and LTTE. There is ample evidence that the senior officers of Government of Sri Lanka were directly involved in the massacre of civil population in Sri Lanka (which should have been avoided at all costs) and did not take necessary steps to minimize the loss of life of civil population. The reports of use of heavy weaponry at the No fire zone are disturbing. The Sri Lanka Government also failed to provide adequate blood, medical facilities and life saving drugs to the civil population in the area of conflict.
HRDI believes that the Government of Sri Lanka failed to discharge its duties and responsibilities and is also avoiding to investigate the commission of war crimes and to take necessary steps against the people and institutions responsible for the same. HRDI also believes that truly independent experts need to be allowed for transparent and fair investigation of the war crimes committed by the officers of the Government of Sri Lanka.
It is also disturbing that despite promises by the Sri Lankan Government, the camps are not being dismantled and the civil population is being denied the right to be in the main stream of civil and political right of Sri Lanka.Â The human right activists are being harassed by the Government of Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka and abroad. Genuine human rights activists are being branded as traitors and there have been scandalous attempts to harass them.
The government of Sri Lanka needs to understand that their own capacity to heal and reconcile in post conflict area is not sufficient and should welcome the international organizations and NGOs that do not have a political agenda behind them to assist Governmental Programs of Government and community reconciliation.
HRDI demands that:-
In order to press its demands, HRDI is staging a demonstration on April 5 at the High Commission of Sri Lanka situated at 27, Kautiliya Marg, Chanakya Puri, New Delhi. The defenders of HRDI would gather at the parking lot of Teen Moorti Bhavan at 11:30 AM and would then proceed towards Sri Lankan High Commission. The defenders would carry placards, banners and posters in support of their demands. After the demonstration, a delegation of HRDI would meet the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka and would present their memorandum for High Commissionerâ€™s consideration.
HRDI appeals to all like minded persons to join in the demonstration of HRDI and support the cause of Tamils in Sri Lanka who are suffering in silence.
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