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Lanka rejects UN probe report, calls it ‘politicised’

world Updated: Mar 12, 2014 13:35 IST
Noopur Tiwari
Noopur Tiwari
Hindustan Times
United Nations Human Rights

The United Nations Human Rights council is likely to vote for a US-sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka for an international investigation into alleged war crimes on 27-28th March, 2014 in Geneva.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, had presented an annual report in February which states that the Sri Lankan government had failed to ensure independent and credible investigations into past violations of human rights.

The report contains updates on, what it says, are ongoing attacks on religious minorities, intimidation of activists, lawyers and journalists. It also highlights involuntary disappearances and claims fresh evidence has emerged from the final stages of the armed conflict that ended in 2009.

The report calls for “an international inquiry mechanism to further investigate the alleged violations” of international human rights and “monitor domestic accountability processes”. The Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN in Geneva, Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha spoke of the “obsession shown by some” in their call for a third successive resolution against Sri Lanka and said these motives were “sinister” rather than “rational”.

Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Prof GL Peiris said in his statement that the UNHRC’s action was politicised and his government rejects the report “in its entirety”. However, human rights experts say there are “credible allegations” that up to 40,000 Tamil civilians were killed after government forces ordered them into a no-fire zone in 2009.

Channel 4 has released new footage, which it says provides “devastating new evidence of the summary execution of Tamil prisoners by government soldiers in Sri Lanka”.