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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 892

Expedite the inquiry into the killing of 17 Action Against Hunger staff

Colombo, 11 March, (Asiantribune.com): The Inter-Agency Standing Committee Country Team (IASC CT) in Sri Lanka has urged the investigation of the deaths of the 17 Action Against Hunger (ACF) staff in Muttur last August be expedited, both by the police and the newly appointed Commission of Inquiry.

Following the conclusion of the official Magistrate's inquest into the killing of 17 aid workers in Muttur last August, The Inter Agency Standing Committee in Sri Lanka has called for the expeditious investigation.

The Inter Agency Standing Committee welcomes the finalization of the inquest into the deaths of the 17 Action Against Hunger (ACF) staff in Muttur last August.

Given below is the full text of the statement released by The Inter Agency Standing Committee in Sri Lanka:

“The execution style killing of the ACF staff was a totally reprehensible act and an attack on the humanitarian community as a whole.

“We urge that the investigation of this case be expedited, both by the police and the newly appointed Commission of Inquiry. We join the magistrate in urging the authorities to make full use of the international assistance that has been made available to investigate this crime so that the perpetrators are brought to justice. We also stress the importance of ensuring full protection for the victims’ families and any witnesses.

- Asian Tribune -

Note The Inter-Agency Standing Committee Country Team (IASC CT) in Sri Lanka is chaired by the UN RC/HC and includes the following agencies and organisations:

FAO, OCHA, UNDP, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNICEF, WFP, WHO, ICRC, IFRC, IOM, WORLD BANK, OHCHR, CHA, FCE, Sarvodaya, SEWA Lanka, OXFAM, NRC, CARE, WORLD VISION, ACF, ZOA, SOLIDAR, SAVE THE CHILDREN, MERLIN.

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