UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Honorable Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein: Sri Lanka: Release All Tamil POWs immediately
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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Honorable Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein
Continued indefinite detention constitute serious breaches of international law
Sri Lanka: Honor your commitments given to the POWs for which they suspended their previous hunger strikes
Intervention of the international community necessary for international justice for Tamils
Nearly 200 Tamil prisoners connected to the armed conflict in Sri Lanka which ended in 2009 are still held in detention in Sri Lanka.
Some have been held for more than 12 years without charge. On October 12, 2015 and November 7, 2015, prisoners began hunger strikes which were later suspended after some time due to assurances given by the Sri Lankan government that their cases would be seriously considered and expedited.
During the hunger strikes some of the POWs' health deteriorated significantly. The prisoners have resumed their hunger strike on December 15 because these assurances have not been fulfilled. It is high time for the international community to clamor for justice for Tamil POWs.