UN calls on Sri Lanka to probe war crimes

UN calls on Sri Lanka to probe war crimes

By: || Updated: 01 Jan 1970 12:00 AM

Geneva: The
United Nations’ top human rights body has passed a resolution calling on
Sri Lanka to properly investigate alleged war crimes during its 26-year
conflict with the Tamil Tigers. The UN Human Rights Council approved the
resolution with 24 countries in favour and 15 against. Eight countries
abstained from Thursday’s vote.

Sri Lanka and its allies on the
47-member council had fiercely resisted the resolution saying it unduly
interfered in the country’s domestic affairs and could hinder its
reconciliation process. But backers, such as the United States, the
European Union and India, say credible probes into alleged crimes
committed by both sides are an important step for justice and equality in
post-conflict Sri Lanka.

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