News that the UK government has licensed multi-million pound arms deals with the Sri Lankan government has triggered outrage amongst campaigners and MPs, and raises the need for sea-change in public policy on the arms trade.
Methodist's in Britain are working with local churches in Sri Lanka to deliver immediate aid and relief after the bloody war there, using the Church’s Fund for World Mission to help rebuilding and to alleviate human suffering.
The Sri Lankan government says that more than 6,200 security personnel were killed and almost 30,000 wounded in the final three years of the war with the Tamil Tigers. Independent analysts say many thousands of Tamils have died as well.
Sri Lankan church leaders say the end of the country's 26-year civil war announced by the government is a signal to address grievances and to ensure citizens from all ethnic and religious groups can feel part of their nation.
With the war between the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tigers officially ending in a bloody victory for the authorities, a humanitarian crisis is unfolding, and human rights groups are calling for proper protection of civilians and ex-combatants.
The UK-based international churches' development agency Christian Aid has welcomed the end of the fighting in Sri Lanka, but warns that humanitarian crisis created by the conflict is far from over and that refugee camps are struggling to cope.
The Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam must immediately heed demands by the United Nations Security Council and allow tens of thousands of civilians to leave the 'No Fire Zone', Amnesty International says.
Human rights NGO Amnesty International has demanded that the Sri Lankan authorities allow international monitors and humanitarian agencies access to the country's troubled areas, as the fighting and dying continues there.