The 19th Session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) is just round the corner, starting next Monday. On its first day, the delegate for Sri Lanka will be addressing the HRC during the High Level Segment, and will be due to speak at 3:30pm (2:30 pm GMT).
The Government of Sri Lanka will use its speech to paint Sri Lanka as a land without major issues that need to be addressed and where domestic accountability mechanisms are working in containing ongoing human rights violations.
We must use this opportunity to counter this propaganda, and present the real facts on the critical situation in Sri Lanka to the HRC, and the public, through a high-speed Twitter campaign.
If you are on twitter, join us to tell the world about the real Sri Lanka
Our plan is to bombard the Twitter hashtag the Human Rights Council will be using, #HRC19 with factual evidence sent to us by anonymous members of Sri Lankan civil society and shortened into tweets. This will directly co-incide with the Sri Lankan delegate’s speech in Geneva, from 3-3:30pm GMT on Monday 27th Feb.
The Sri Lanka campaign on twitter @slcampaign will be releasing a series of factual tweets, of instances of extrajudicial killings, abductions, torture, violence against women and the repressions of expression of freedom. We will be joined by @AmnestyOnline, @Aiindia, @freefromtorture and many others.
Please join us by retweeting and commenting on our tweets during the Sri Lankan delegates’ speech!