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Don’t Let Sri Lanka’s Progress be a Wasted Opportunity

[Press Release, Wednesday, 15 February 2012 09:01 No Comment]

sri_lanka_campaign @slcampaign The Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice reminds us that there has been more confirmation that it looks like the international community will take a stand on Sri Lanka. As we said before, this should be good news but we have to ensure that this opportunity isn’t wasted.

You might have seen that recently a few articles have come out suggesting that the international community will finally live up to its responsibilities and take Sri Lanka to task over its abysmal record on rights and accountability. [1]

In addition last week, prominent Buddhist intellectual Sulak Sivaraksa broke with decades of traditional silence to explain that a true Buddhist response to Sri Lanka would be to "acknowledge the crimes" and that "the Sri Lankan state needs a transformation" based upon truth and compassion. [2]

This is good news and a testament to the campaigning ability of people like you and organisations such as ours. But it is far too soon to congratulate ourselves – there is still no clarity over what is proposed or if it will be accepted, and the Government has already started whipping up hatred against its critics. [3]

Instead we need to ensure that we have the strength to take on our critics and win. Our strength is already measured in the tens of thousands, but if we each told a handful of friends it would reach into the hundreds of thousands.

Please take a few moments to tell your friends about our campaign.

If you are technologically confident you can do this in any number of ways: via twitter, via facebook, through reddit, through the little share buttons at the bottom of every page on our website, through our "tell others" page, and by inviting your friends to our "act now" virtual event.

But anybody can tell their friends about us, just send them a quick message telling them to visit www.srilankacampaign.org and have a read around the site.

Please do take thirty seconds out of your day to tell a handful of your friends about the Sri Lanka Campaign. It could make all the difference.

All the best,

The Sri Lanka Campaign

[1]  http://www.rnw.nl/english/article/us-pressure-sri-lanka-reconciliation-process

[2]  http://www.sulak-sivaraksa.org/en/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=292&Itemid=67

[3] http://www.colombopage.com/archive_12/Feb03_1328250555KA.php

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