HUMAN RIGHTS IN SRI LANKA - AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
In the lead up to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka in 2013, Amnesty ran a campaign to shine a spotlight on the ongoing human rights abuses occurring in Sri Lanka and to highlight the need for an independent investigation into crimes committed during the civil conflict.
I joined the Media Manager on a number of interviews with former refugees from Sri Lanka, listening to their stories and hearing their wishes for the New Zealand government to take a stand on what is right.
While the meeting went ahead in Sri Lanka, Amnesty and other human rights groups were successful in getting the issues into the media and out to the public. Most importantly, those interviewed as part of the campaign to told Amnesty how much it meant that many New Zealanders had finally, years later, heard their stories.
You can read Pathma's story here.
We also met with Vanni Mahal (not her real name) who was severely burned in the no fly zones during the final months of the conflict.