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UN: investigate abuses by both sides in Sri Lanka

[AP, Tuesday, 26 May 2009 14:36 One Comment]

capt.bc1647b1e64a41e484edddb5f7893925.aptopix_sri_lanka_civil_war_tok252 The U.N. high commissioner for human rights is demanding an independent investigation into atrocities committed in Sri Lanka’s civil war.

Navi Pillay has recommended to the U.N. Human Rights Council that both the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tigers be investigated over the high civilian death toll since December.

Pillay said Tuesday the government has an obligation to respect humanitarian law even when protecting people from terrorism.

Sri Lankan Ambassador Dayan Jayatilleka said it was "outrageous" to suggest the government should be investigated, saying it was like asking the victorious allies of World War II to accept a war crimes tribunal for the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

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  • arul said:

    Good start! this should be a good pointer for other countries like Sri Lanka try to violate international law. Anyone can win a war by shelling at civilians like no man business with massive firepower from China, India, Pakistan, Japan and Russia.

    Sounds like we will see the state criminals get the punishments.

    I wounder how they are going to charge LTTE?