Update: the letter was sent to Secretary Clinton on Dec. 10, with 17 signatories! Here’s who signed: Sherrod Brown, Burr, Murray, Hutchison, Casey, Gillibrand, Hagan, Cornyn, Mikulski, Cardin, Lieberman, Lautenberg, Boxer, Feingold, Coons, Manchin and Menendez. Thanks to everyone who lobbied your Senator!
A Congressional sign-on letter is circulating in the Senate now, sponsored by Senators Sherrod Brown and Richard Burr. The letter asks Secretary Clinton to publicly call for an independent international investigation into war crimes and other abuses committed during the war in Sri Lanka. Amnesty International has been campaigning for such an international investigation for the past several months. Amnesty has received credible, consistent reports that both the Sri Lankan government forces and the Tamil Tiger rebels committed violations of international humanitarian law, including war crimes, and human rights abuses during the war in Sri Lanka.
This past summer, Amnesty activists supported a similar letter in the House of Representatives, and we obtained 58 co-signers! It’d be great if we could get a similar success in the Senate.
Here’s how to take action:
1. Call the Congressional switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask to speak to your Senators. Tell your Senators about the letter and encourage them to support it.
2. If your Senators have Facebook pages or Twitter accounts, encourage them through those platforms to sign on to the letter.