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Lanka refuses to co-operate with UN war crimes probe

Sri Lankan Foreign minister Professor GL Peiris said on Monday that his country will not co-operate with the United Nations Human Rights investigation into alleged war crimes.

world Updated: Apr 09, 2014 10:56 IST
Noopur Tiwari

Sri Lankan foreign minister professor GL Peiris said on Monday that his country will not co-operate with the United Nations Human Rights investigation into alleged war crimes. “Where the government is required to do anything to support the investigation or to participate in it, the government will not do that.” he said.

Last month, the Human Rights Council adopted a resolution for an international inquiry on Sri Lanka on the events in the final stages of the war that ended in 2009. UN Chief Ban Ki Moon had asked Sri Lanka last week to engage “constructively” and cooperate with its human rights body.

Sri Lankan minister of mass media Keheliya Rambukwella said legal action would be taken against those who testify before UN Human Rights High Commissioner Navi Pillay’s Commission. He said this will be done “if the evidence submitted by them is in violation of the country’s Constitution,” newspaper ‘Ceylon Today’ reported.

The Sri Lankan External Affairs Ministry has also issued a list designating several diaspora members and groups under the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1373 to combat terrorism. 32 names were listed as people “living in India”.

Peter Splinter of Amnesty International speaking to HT said this was a “calculated crackdown” by the GoSL and will “add to an already prevalent climate of fear in Sri Lanka.” Meanwhile, Paris based human rights worker SV Kirubaharan, said many other members of the diaspora will speak out despite the move. Activists say there is no credible evidence of any LTTE resurgence as claimed by the government.