We, the undersigned, demand that Gotabaya Rajapaksa (the former president of Sri Lanka) is prosecuted by the International Criminal Court at the Hague on charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.
Tens of thousands of civilians were killed in the final days of the civil war by the Sri Lankan forces that ended in 2009. Gotabaya Rajapaksa was the then Defence Secretary, controlling the military.
Numerous war crimes were committed. This has been documented by various human rights organisations such as Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and the UN and is available in the public domain as substantive evidence.
Channel 4 made an investigative documentary into the horrors of the war’s final weeks – The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka. Watch it here: https://www.channel4.com/programmes/sri-lankas-killing-fields
Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the Defence Secretary, directed armed forces to shell “No Fire Zones” after asking civilians to gather there for safety. Many innocent civilians were indiscriminately killed. Surrendered LTTE members were summarily executed.
The UN estimated that more than 70,000 people were killed in so-called “No Fire Zones”.
Having no longer diplomatic immunity, Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his acolytes need to be brought to justice by the international community under the:
1. Principles of Universal Jurisdiction in member states; and
2. International criminal prosecution mechanism by the UN
Justice can long be delayed but it must not be denied.
Put Gotabaya Rajapaksa on trial.
SEND Him to The Hague.
*This petition has been made in collaboration with the British Tamils Forum.