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Use UN report to secure justice in SL
Published on 13 Apr. 2011 10:33 PM IST
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The report by a panel of experts to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon about laws-of-war violations in Sri Lanka should be used to pave the way for justice, Human Rights Watch has said.
Ban commissioned the report in May 2010 after Colombo failed to investigate violations committed in the final months of its decades-long conflict with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Ban’s office said he will make the report public after he shares it with the Sri Lankan government.
“Ban’s creation of a panel of experts and his decision to make the report public show the UN has not forgotten Sri Lanka’s war victims,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch.
Serious abuses by both government and LTTE forces, which may have amounted to war crimes and crimes against humanity, escalated in the last five months of the war during which tens of thousands of civilians were killed and injured. On May 23, 2009, shortly after the end of the war, President Mahinda Rajapaksa endorsed a statement promising Ban that the government would investigate alleged laws-of-war violations. Almost two years later, however, the government has taken no steps to hold anyone on either side of the conflict accountable for seri ous violations of international law, Human Rights Watch said.

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