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2006 Muttur Massacre

ACF Renews Demand for International Inquiry into Muttur Massacre

COLOMBO, SRI LANKA—The global humanitarian organization Action Against Hunger | ACF International reiterates its call for an independent, international inquiry into the executions of its 17 employees in Muttur, Sri Lanka nearly three years ago. The humanitarian organization urges the European Union to set up an international investigation in the wake of a national-level commission’s failure to identify those responsible for the assassinations of August 4, 2006.

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.

Muttur Massacre: ACF Denounces Ineffective Legal Procedures in Sri Lanka

On August 4, 2006, 17 members of Action Against Hunger / ACF-USA were brutally executed while carrying out humanitarian programs in Muttur, Sri Lanka—the most heinous crime ever committed against a non-governmental organization. Following these atrocities, several legal proceedings were initiated in Sri Lanka, but today, after nearly two years of effort, ACF is forced to recognize the failure of these procedures and the blatant lack of will of the Sri Lankan government to establish the truth.

The Muttur Massacre: ACF Demands International Inquiry into Sri Lankan Assassinations

Even as the Sri Lankan organization University Teachers for Human Rights (UTHR) publishes its report on an investigation into the savage 2006 assassination of 17 Action Against Hunger / Action Contre la Faim (ACF) aid workers in Muttur, ACF is calling for an international inquiry to fully investigate these murders to reveal the whole truth and bring those responsible to justice.

ACF Response to a Recent Statement by the Sri Lankan Government

Action against Hunger (Action contre la Faim - ACF) has been informed that a letter was sent by Professor Rajiva Wijesinha, Secretary General of the Secretariat for Co-ordinating the Peace Process (SCOPP) to the Honorable Mahinda Samarasinghe, Minister of Human Rights and Disaster Management; that was publicly released to an unknown mailing list.

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.

Four Months after Muttur Massacre Action Against Hunger Resumes its Operations in Sri Lanka

On 6th August 2007, seventeen employees of Action Against Hunger were found massacred at the organization’s base in Muttur (eastern Sri Lanka). In November, the criminal investigation moved forward. At the same time, Sri Lanka’s President created a commission to investigate the principal human rights violations committed in the country. As the humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate and the populations’ needs continue to grow, Action Against Hunger decided to resume its activities in the conflict zone.

Three Months after the Massacre in Sri Lanka, Action Against Hunger Remains Mobilized

Three months ago, on August 6, all 17 employees of Action Against Hunger’s base in Muttur, Sri Lanka, were found shot to death at their offices. So that no one forgets this tragedy, a Commemoration is being organized in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and a minute’s silence will be observed around the world. Action Against Hunger continues to work at speeding up the official investigations and is making every effort to disclose the truth.

International Statement: Call for Access to Populations Trapped by War And Respect of Humanitarian Aid Workers in Sri Lanka

17 employees of humanitarian non governmental organization (NGO) Action Against Hunger/Action Contre la Faim (ACF) were deliberately massacred in Muttur (East Sri Lanka) on 4th of August, 2006. This act represents an escalation of violence targeting humanitarian actors, and as such is unprecedented in Sri Lanka. We are appalled by this war crime.


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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