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10 Years Since Aid Worker Massacre

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Sri Lankan authorities have not brought to justice those responsible for the execution-style slaying of 17 aid workers a decade ago this week, Human Right Watch said today. On August 4, 2006, gunmen murdered local staff members from the Paris-based Action Contre La Faim (Action Against Hunger, ACF) at their compound in the town of Muttur, in eastern Trincomalee district.

The special court being set up by the government of President Maithripala Sirisena should ensure that the ACF killings and other wartime atrocities are fully and fairly tried with significant foreign involvement, and all those culpable brought to account, regardless of rank or position, Human Rights Watch said.

Candles are burnt in front of the photographs of 17 slain humanitarian workers from the French aid group Action Contre La Faim at their memorial in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka, August 11, 2006. REUTERS/Buddhika Weerasinghe

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Candles are burnt in front of the photographs of 17 slain humanitarian workers from the French aid group Action Contre La Faim at their memorial in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka, August 11, 2006. 

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“The failure to provide justice for the ACF massacre is Exhibit A in the breakdown of accountability for serious crimes during Sri Lanka’s civil war,” said James Ross, legal and policy director at Human Rights Watch. “The mishandling of the ACF case shows why a war crimes court needs international involvement to shield it from political pressures.”

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