Sending Office: Honorable Bill Johnson
We invite you to join us in cosponsoring a bipartisan resolution, H.Res.442, recognizing the tenth anniversary of the end of Sri Lanka’s almost 30-year civil war and expressing support for justice, reconciliation, accountability, and reform to help ensure
peace and prosperity for all Sri Lankans. It also condemns the April 21, 2019 Easter Sunday terrorist attacks that killed over 250 people, including five Americans.
In the decade since the end of the civil war, the Government of Sri Lanka has expressed its commitment to address the needs of all ethnic and religious groups, and to ensure that all Sri Lankans may live in security, equality, and dignity. Although Sri
Lanka’s leaders have made some progress toward post-war reconciliation, much work remains, particularly in areas related to security sector reform and accountability for crimes committed during the end of the conflict. On March 20, the UN High Commissioner
for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet assessed that the Sri Lankan government has made “minimal progress on accountability” and urged Sri Lanka to accelerate its efforts to fulfill commitments made in the UN Human Rights Council resolution 30/1, which the Sri
Lankan government co-sponsored in 2015.
This resolution expresses solidarity with all Sri Lankans in their search for reconciliation and accountability, and urges the Sri Lankan government to follow through on its post-conflict commitments to help move the country forward.
H. Res. 442 will be marked up in the Foreign Affairs Committee this week, and we hope you will consider joining us as cosponsors. Please email Laura Wilson with Rep. Bill Johnson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
with any questions or to be added as a cosponsor.
Bill Johnson Tom Malinowski
Member of Congress Member of Congress
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