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‘Take action on Sri Lanka’

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, August 19, 2013
First Published: 01:38 IST(19/8/2013) | Last Updated: 01:40 IST(19/8/2013)

Amnesty International, the London-based human rights group, has urged India to pressure Sri Lanka on its human rights record ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting.

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“India must raise concerns with Sri Lanka about its ongoing crackdown on dissent, repression and thousands of cases of disappearances and extra-judicial killings during and after the 2009 war,” Amnesty said in a statement.

Last year, India had voted in favour of a US-backed resolution for a probe, but it doesn’t want to be dragged directly into the mess.

India must stand firm in its demand for justice for the war-affected as it had signalled at the UN Human Rights Council in March this year when it made a strong call for an “independent and credible investigation”, Amnesty said.

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