Sri Lanka: ICRC deplores attacks targeting humanitarian organizations
25-05-2006 News Release
Following recent incidents, the ICRC has called on parties to the conflict to refrain from targeting humanitarian workers.
The following was issued as a press release by the ICRC delegation in Colombo on May 25 2006
The ICRC deplores the attacks on three humanitarian organizations in the town of Mutur Mutur in Trincomalee District, on May 21 2006.
The grenade attacks on the premises of the non-violent peace force, InterSOS, and ZOA Refugee Care Netherlands resulted in the serious injury of one international staff member and two civilians. Only last week, an employee of the Norwegian Refugee Council was shot dead in Vavuniya while returning from work.
The ICRC strongly condemns these attacks and observes with concern a serious deterioration of the security environment. This is severely hampering the efforts of humanitarian actors in Sri Lanka to provide assistance to the most vulnerable segments of the population.
The ICRC calls on all parties to respect the work of humanitarian agencies and to refrain from actions that would jeopardize their staff and their activities.