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UN: Sri Lanka ‘war crimes’ video needs investigation – Channel4 News

[MISC, Wednesday, 1 December 2010 14:13 No Comment]

The United Nations tells Channel 4 News new footage of the alleged massacre of Tamil prisoners in Sri Lanka "deserves more investigation", as Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse visits London.

01_mahindarajapakse_k Last night, Channel 4 News broadcast an extended Sri Lanka execution video, apparently showing government troops executing Tamils in the last few weeks of the Sri Lankan civil war.

The video is a longer version of one which already sparked a United Nations (UN) investigation 16 months ago when it first came to light.

The UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Professor Christof Heyns, told Channel 4 News futher investigations were needed.

"It is shocking indeed, and clearly deserves more investigation," he said.

Channel 4 News has sent the new video to the UN panel investigating allegations of war cimes in Sri Lanka.

The country’s 26-year civil war ended in May 2009 when the Sri Lanka army defeated the LTTE – Tamil Tigers – in an area known as the "no-fire zone". Estimates of how many civilians died in just the last five months of the conflict, when violence escalated hugely, range from 7,000 to 30,000.

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