- 18 Jan 2008
- Region: DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA
- Topic: Regional conflict
Amnesty International today condemns the killing of more than 10 civiliansand two homeguards in the southern village of Thanamalwila. The shootingswere allegedly carried out by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).It is the latest in a series of alleged attacks by the LTTE targetingcivilians. On 16 January, a bomb followed by shooting on a bus at Buttala,about 150 miles south east of the capital, Colombo, killed over 30 people.
“There is no excuse for the deliberate targeting of civilians”, saidJavier Zuniga, Special Advisor at Amnesty International. “Targetingcivilians and carrying out indiscriminate attacks by any party to theconflict violates international humanitarian law and constitutes warcrimes”.
The situation in Sri Lanka remains extremely tense. Daily aerialbombardments have been reported in the Vanni in the North, including on 17January when two humanitarian workers were reportedly injured.
Amnesty International continues to call on both parties to the conflict toreturn to a genuine implementation of the ceasefire agreement and, inparticular, to comply with the rules of international humanitarian law anduphold the protection of civilians at all times.
18 January 2008
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