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Sian Evans, singer of recent UK number 1 hit ‘Louder’ backs call for Independent Investigation in Sri Lanka

[Press Release, Tuesday, 26 July 2011 07:59 9 Comments]

Sian Evans, the singer of the recent UK number one hit ‘Louder’ and lead vocalist of the band Kosheen, has backed Act Now’s campaign calling upon the United Nation’s Human Right’s Council (UNHRC) to demand an independent investigation into allegations of war crimes in Sri Lanka.

Sian said " it’s time the UN and the International Community take action and hold those responsible of committing atrocities accountable."

The UNHRC will be meeting in October to decide upon their course of action and Act Now are requesting the support of celebrities for their demand for an independent investigation.

This call follows a report from a special UN Advisory Panel (http://www.un.org/News/dh/infocus/Sri_Lanka/POE_Report_Full.pdf). This UN Advisory Panel was set up by the Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon to investigate ‘accountability’ on the issue of War Crimes that many had been claiming took place in the run up to the end of the war (May 2009) between rebel and Government forces.

The Panel’s report certainly opened the eyes of the world to what allegedly happened. Human rights organisations, Tamils, via relatives, had long known that countless thousands of innocent civilians were massacred in the final months of the war but it was only when a more ‘neutral’ body in the form of the Panel echoed some of those claims that the world started to take notice.

Following the Report, a Channel 4 documentary "Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields" (http://www.channel4.com/programmes/sri-lankas-killing-fields/4od) showed in more graphic detail some of the atrocities that the Report had referred too e.g. execution of prisoners, possible sexual violations of captured prisoners and the shelling of civilians and hospitals.

Other celebrities which are supporting the campaign include British model Deborah Leng, Brian May (the singer from Queen) and MC Tali.

Ms Leng launched the petition by signing a special scroll at the Mullivaikal Remembrance Day event held on 18th May, followed by various MPs.

An on-line petition to the HRC has also been launched and can be viewed and signed at  http://www.act-now.info/Site1/War_Crimes_Appeal.html

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Photo’s of singer Sian Evans with AN Director Tim Martin signing the ‘Call for Independent Investigation’ scroll.

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For further information, please contact:

Tim Martin, Director, Act Now

Tel: +44(0)7817 504 227

Email: info.actnow@gmail.com

Site: www.act-now.info

Graham Williamson, Director, Act Now

Tel: +44(0)7970 455 445

Email: info.actnow@gmail.com

Site: www.act-now.info

Sockalingham Yogalingam, Asst. Director, Act Now

Tel: +44(0)7948 380433

Email: info.actnow@gmail.com

Site: www.act-now.info

Sian Evans

Sian Evans

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Act Now Director
Act Now Director

Act Now Tim Martin

Act Now Director

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9 Comments »

  • manokaran nadesu said:

    Thank god, finally the world has started to open its eyes to turn back,
    god bless to channel 4 and Mr.Miller and his colleagues ,Tamils need
    a fair justice without the interference and influence of any other country, only can be assured by organisations like human rights watch,
    international amnesty,channel-4 etc.
    Justice delayed may be justice denied,

  • kamala said:

    Thanks in deed to those who are standing for human rights. All be blessed with abundance by devine generation to generation. Our,Tamils’humble salutations to you all for ever and ever. No doubts,
    these blessings will flourish you all now and beyond.

    Hey,to those, Tamils who have let go their ego and come out of the box, I salut you all and pray for all of you to have abundance in life and be blessed by devine generation to generation. If we don’t do it who else will do it for us.Hat’s off to all of you. I am humbled by your continuous hard work in spite of the challenges.
    Let us respond to the pain of the suffereings.
    love you all

  • Jaya Gandhi said:

    Thanks for everyone -who supports Tamils in Sri Lanka. Srilankan Tamils suffering will answered soon.

  • joshan said:

    Thank you friends for your efforts. Hope all our efforts will bring JUSTICE and reward to the pressure we are building. SL thinks they are invincible because they have not signed to the Rome treaty. This shows that they have planned this GENOCIDE well in advance, to keep away from any pressure from the international community.
    Bless you all

  • Ramanathan said:

    those who commited this genocide, and even trying to hood wink the educated informed good people of the world must be made answerable, if we love pease and harmony in the world

  • Narotam Lathia said:

    Well done Sian Evans for the support againt the cruelest ploy on the world stage with players like China, Pakistan and even India (to an extent). It is said that Sonia Gandhi ordered the Indian Navy in the area to prevent Tamils from being able to reach mainland India during the the Sri Lankan Army offensive. Sonia Gandhi had revenge motives for doing this. She has never admitted that Rajiv Gandhi sent Indian troops to Sri Lanka for ‘peacekeeping’ duties and ended up killing the people of Tamil origin. Rajiv Gandhi paid for his sins but why has Sonia Maino (Gandhi) escaled the pain of the Tamil people?

  • Sivakumar said:

    There seems to be light at the end of the tunnel for the Tamils of Sri Lanka who have suffered at the hands of successive brutal Governments for decades. Not a single person has been brought to justice for many atrocities committed by the various Governments of Sri Lanka. 1958, 1971, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1994, 2008, 2009 come to mind. Brutality will continue in the country of Sri Lanka unless people who are responsible for these atrocities are brought to justice.

  • moorthy said:

    Thank you to Sian Evans

  • G.Lyzander Mohan said:

    Thanks Sian Evans.