Public Ban on Sri Lankan War Criminals,  A campaign against the perpetrators of atrocity crimes in Sri Lanka


Global Tamil Diaspora launches a campaign on 4 February 2022, for publicly banning of the credibly alleged war criminals in Sri Lanka. This day marks Sri Lanka’s 74th anniversary of Independence, a day of mourning but with hope and optimism for the Tamil people from Sri Lanka. 

About the Campaign:

The undersigned global Tamil diaspora organizations, representing over one million Tamil people who fled from Sri Lanka due to the atrocity crimes committed against the Tamil people by the Sri Lankan State apparatus, request governments in their respective countries of residence to publicly place a ban on the Sri Lankan war criminals against whom credible evidence has been recorded as per the Report of the OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka (OISL) released on 16 September 2015. This report specifically identified eighteen Sri Lankan personnel for having command responsibility for committing atrocity crimes towards the end of the war in 2008-09. 

Campaign Objective

Encouraged by this report and the successful passage of the UNHRC Resolution 46/1, this campaign aims at persuading the respective countries to; 

  • Place a public ban on the 18 credibly alleged war criminals listed in the Report of the OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka (OISL) 16 September 2015
  • Impose a travel ban and asset freeze on these 18 persons and their families
  • Use Universal Jurisdictional avenues applicable to subject them through a judicial process in member states

Expected Outcome

Some countries, including Brazil, Canada, United States of America (U.S.A), United Kingdom (UK) and some in Europe are rejecting some selected Sri Lankan war criminals credibly accused of atrocity crimes from entering or expelling them from the respective countries. Recently the State Department of the U.S.A publicly banned two Sri Lankan army officers and their family’s entry into the USA. Similarly, the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in 2020 issued a statement designating Shavendra Silva, current Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Sri Lanka Army, ineligible for entry into the USA, due to his involvement in extrajudicial killings and gross violations of human rights citing serious and credible evidence. 

The Tamil victims of Genocide expect countries valuing democracy, rule of law and human rights to come forward to help achieve the campaign objectives listed above. 

Campaign Plea

We call on our host countries and other UN Member states, the international non-governmental organisations, the public and the media to support the UN and its various institutions in their valiant efforts taken to offer remedial justice to a people who have been subject to a brutal national oppression with genocidal intent by the successive Sri Lankan Governments since gaining independence from the British in 1948.

We call the Global Tamil organisations and other institutions upholding truth, human rights and justice to join the campaign “Public Ban on Sri Lankan War Criminals” formally launched on 04 February 2022, Sri Lanka’s 74th Independence Day.

Further details will follow.

Credibly alleged war criminals listed in the Report of the OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka (OISL)

  1. Mahinda Rajapaksa – Prime Minister, then President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces
  2. Gotabaya Rajapaksa – President, then Defense Secretary
  3. General Sarath Fonseka
  4. Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva
  5. Major General Sathyapriya Liyanage
  6. Major General Kamal Gunaratne
  7. Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe
  8. Major General Nanda Mallawarachchi
  9. Major General Jagath Dias
  10. Major General Jagath Jayasuriya
  11. Brigadier Prasanna Silva
  12. Brigadier Nandana Udawatta
  13. Brigadier Chagie Gallage
  14. Colonel G.V. Ravipriya
  15. Admiral Wasantha Kumar Jayadewa Karannagoda
  16. Admiral Thisara S. G. Samarasinghe
  17. Admiral Dissanayake Wijesinghe Arachchilage Somatilake Dissanayake
  18. C.N.Wakishta

For Contact details:

Australian Tamil Congress (ATC): +61300660629,

British Tamils Forum (BTF): +447814486087,

Irish Tamils Forum (ITF): 0035389959270,

Maison du Tamil Eelam (France): +33652725867,

National Council of Canadian Tamils (NCCT): +14168307703,

Solidarity Group for Peace and Justice (SGPJ – South Africa):

Swiss Tamil Action Group (STAG): +41764450642,

Tamil Movement Against Genocide (Mauritius): +230 5728 5505,

United States Tamil Action Group (USTAG): +12025953123,

Public Ban on Sri Lankan War Criminals

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