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Condolences: ACF is Thankful for Your Kind Words at This Difficult Time

On August 4, 2006, 17 Action Against Hunger employees were killed in cold blood while assisting local populations in Sri Lanka—an unprecedented event in humanitarian affairs. The international community, colleague organizations, and humanitarians from around the world responded en masse at this outrage. Action Against Hunger would like to express its appreciation for all those who have sent condolences for the tragedy that befell 17 of our colleagues in August of 2006. We commemorate the fallen and include a selection of personal statements below.

One year after Muttur massacre: "We will never forget them."

One year ago, on August 6, 2006, 17 Action Against Hunger humanitarian aid workers were found savagely assassinated in the organization’s office in Muttur, located in northeast Sri Lanka. In honor of their sacrifice, commemorative ceremonies have been organized in Sri Lanka and all over the world. While the truth that will explain this massacre has not been found yet, Action Against Hunger (Action contre la Faim – ACF) calls on the humanitarian and international community to remember these 17 aid workers who died because of their commitment to assist the most vulnerable people.

Sri Lanka: UN relief chief calls on Government to probe aid workers’ murders

"Terming the killings a year ago today of 17 Sri Lankan aid workers 'probably the single worst crime committed against humanitarian workers in recent history,' the top United Nations humanitarian official called on the Government to investigate 'with the full weight and force of the justice system' the crime that has seemingly become a cold case...Noting that the deaths of the 17 had not, sadly, been the last, Mr. Holmes voiced the hope that that the anniversary would finally serve as a wake-up call to all those who take too lightly the unique role of humanitarian workers."


SRI LANKA: UN urges investigations of deaths and more security for aid workers

"United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes has strongly urged Sri Lanka to conclude slow-moving investigations into the year-old killing of 17 humanitarian workers even as humanitarian agencies said security concerns were slowing down aid delivery...Describing the gunning down on 6 August 2006, of the Action Contre la Faim (ACF) employees in eastern Muttur town in Trincomalee District, as the 'single worst crime committed against humanitarian workers in recent history,' Holmes, who is on a four-day visit to the island, asked the government to do everything possible to prevent

Sri Lanka accused of abuses on massacre anniversary

"Sri Lanka's government is responsible for unlawful killings and disappearances, Human Rights Watch said on Monday -- the anniversary of the discovery of the massacre of 17 aid workers blamed on security forces...Human Rights Watch is lobbying for a United Nations human rights mission to be sent to Sri Lanka in the name of transparency and to discourage further abuses, but the government has refused."

Sri Lanka accused over 'abuses'

"Human Rights Watch said there had been an increase in unlawful killings, enforced disappearances and other abuses over the past 18 months...According to Human Rights Watch, from January 2006 until June this year, more than 1,000 abductions had been reported in Sri Lanka...International ceasefire monitors blamed the military. The government denied it, but no-one has been brought to justice."

Questions Remain on Massacre in Sri Lanka

"The massacre of the 17 was among the worst attacks aimed at aid workers in any conflict anywhere in recent years, approaching the toll in the bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad in August 2003...The government, apparently to deflect calls for an international human rights mission, has appointed a panel to conduct an independent investigation of the massacre and several other prominent human rights crimes

Sri Lanka warned probe may fail

"The International Independent Group of Eminent Persons (IIGEP) is worried about the involvement of the attorney general's department in the inquiry...The experts have also said they are concerned about the lack of an adequate witness protection programme, particularly amid many reports of abductions in the country."

Sri Lanka Human Rights Panel Is Criticized

"An international panel appointed by the government of Sri Lanka has issued a stark indictment of a presidential commission impaneled to investigate serious human rights violations, saying that its activities so far 'do not satisfy international norms and standards'...In an interview last month, the chairman of the commission of inquiry, Nissanka Kumara Udalagama, said the commission had not heard from a single witness i

Sporadic Clashes in Sri Lanka After Heavy Fighting

"Sri Lankan government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels were engaged in sporadic clashes in the north of the island Monday, the day after fierce battles left scores of fighters dead, official sources said.


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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