U.N.: Sri Lanka's human rights lacking

Feb. 13, 2013 at 4:17 PM
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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- A U.N. report Wednesday called for an investigation of extrajudicial killings, abductions and disappearances in Sri Lanka.

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay harshly criticized the Sri Lankan government for slow movement in the area of justice in the 16-page report to be submitted to the U.N. Human Rights Council.

The report acknowledges the Sri Lankan government has made good progress in rebuilding infrastructure and resettling those displaced by the 2004 tsunami. However, the report notes, Tamils still remaining in displaced persons camps after 2009 and there has been little investigation into accusations of serious human right violations.

Further, the government has committed only selectively to the recommendations of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission established in 2010.

"The steps taken by the government to investigate allegations of serious violations of human rights further have also been inconclusive, and lack the independence and impartiality required to inspire confidence," the report said.

Pillay called for an independent international investigation into alleged international human rights and humanitarian law violations.

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