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Muttur: Six years of impunity: The failure of justice in Sri Lanka

On August 4th, 2006, 17 ACF employees were summarily executed in Sri Lanka in the intensifying conflict area of Muttur and fundamental principles of justice in the investigation were disregarded by various parties involved. through this report, ACF is providing a comprehensive view of the many mechanisms which could have resulted in justice in the Muttur massacre but failed to do so. 

Action Against Hunger Launches Justice for Muttur Campaign

This week, Action Against Hunger launched a campaign of advocacy and mobilization to demand justice for 17 ACF aid workers who were executed in the town of Muttur, Sri Lanka on August 4, 2006. The campaign is anchored in a signature video and petition that request an independent United Nations investigation to shed light on the circumstances of the murders and hold those responsible for the massacre accountable.

WARNING: Video depicts graphic images, not suitable for all audiences.

ACF Massacres: Justice in Limbo

"On August 4, 2006 17 members of Action Contre La Faim (ACF or Action Against Hunger) were brutally shot and killed in Muttur in the midst of the war between the Sri Lankan Army and the LTTE.

Their young, promising lives were lost in an instant as each of them were executed at point blank range with their faces turned to the ground."

Sri Lanka condemned over aid workers' deaths

"Those killed on 4 August 2006 included four women. They were all employed by the French agency, Action Against Hunger (ACF), and had been involved in tsunami relief work..."

The Muttur Massacre: The Struggle For Justice

On August 4, 2006, 17 Action Against Hunger | ACF International employees were killed in cold blood while assisting local populations in Sri Lanka—an unprecedented event in humanitarian affairs. After 18 months and three Sri Lankan investigations—proceedings wracked by inertia, inadequate guarantees of independence, and a lack of respect for international standards—ACF bitterly observes that these proceedings have proven ineffective and calls for an international investigation. This detailed advocacy report outlines our assessment.

France Raises ACF

"French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, in a statement to mark World Humanitarian day today, has raised the death of 17 aid workers in Sri Lanka during the war and noted that the killers have yet to be identified. The 17 aid workers of Action Against Hunger or Action Contre La Faim (ACF) were killed in Mutur in 2006 and both the government and the LTTE blamed each other at the time for the deaths.

Sri Lanka: Adopt International Inquiry for Aid Worker Killings

"On August 4, 2006, 17 Sri Lankan aid workers with the Paris-based international humanitarian agency Action Contre La Faim (ACF) were summarily executed in their office in Mutur, Trincomalee district, following fighting between government security forces and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) for control of the town."

Sri Lanka bars foreign aid staff

"He said his government wished to avoid a repeat of the murder in 2006 of 17 local employees of French aid agency, Action Against Hunger."

The end of battlefield neutrality?

"...August 2006: 17 Sri Lankans working on tsunami relief for Action Against Hunger executed in north of country; case still unresolved. ..."

Muttur: Commemorating Two Years Since The Tragedy

Two years ago on 4th August 2006, 17 Action Against Hunger humanitarian aid workers were executed on their base in Muttur in Sri Lanka. They were killed in the offices of a humanitarian organization, a place which had, until then, been considered as a safe house. 17 of our colleagues, 17 friends, brothers and sisters. 13 men and 4 women. A father and his daughter, a mother and five fathers. 11 of them had not yet reached the age of 30. 17 human beings who lost their lives because they wanted to help others.

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About Action Against Hunger | ACF International

Action Against Hunger is internationally recognized as a leader in the fight against global malnutrition. Action Against Hunger works to save the lives of malnourished children while providing communities with access to safe water and sustainable solutions to hunger. With over 30 years of expertise in emergency situations of conflict, natural disaster, and chronic food insecurity, Action Against Hunger runs life-saving programs in some 40 countries benefiting 5 million people each year.

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