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  1. News - Asia - SRI LANKA

    Sri Lanka blocks UN war crime investigators from entering country

    Posted Aug 19th 2014, 10:32pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Colombo President blocks UN probe into claims military killed 40,000 civilians in final months of civil war War crimes investigators barred Sri Lanka will not grant visas to UN investigators probing war crimes allegedly committed during the island's decades-long separatist conflict, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said yesterday. "We will not allow ...

  2. News - Asia - SRI LANKA

    UN gives go-ahead for Sri Lanka war crimes inquiry

    Posted Mar 28th 2014, 01:52am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse UN gives go-ahead for war crimes inquiry The UN Human Rights Council yesterday launched an inquiry into alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka despite Colombo's fierce efforts to block an investigation. In a 23-12 vote, the council backed a Western-sponsored resolution that said it was time for a "comprehensive investigation into alleged serious violations ...

  3. News - Asia - SRI LANKA

    Sri Lanka blasts US call for war crimes probe

    Posted Mar 09th 2014, 06:02am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Colombo US tells UN rights council it will seek investigation into deaths of Tamils Colombo blasts call for war crime probe Sri Lanka yesterday warned that US efforts to force an international investigation into alleged war crimes on the island could have an "adverse impact" on all developing nations. The Colombo government told the United ...

  4. News - Asia - SRI LANKA

    UN rights boss seeks international probe into Sri Lanka war crimes

    Posted Feb 25th 2014, 01:51pm by Reuters in Geneva

    ... chief called on Monday for an international inquiry into war crimes committed by both sides during Sri Lanka’s civil war, saying the government had failed to do its own credible investigation. ... accountability for “emblematic” wartime crimes, including the January 2006 killing of five students on a beach and the execution of 17 aid workers later that August. “None of these cases has... resulted ...

  5. News - Asia - SRI LANKA

    New inquiry raises pressure on Sri Lanka over war crimes

    Posted Feb 05th 2014, 03:12pm by AFP

    ... at the climax of the island’s civil war, and has since tried to destroy evidence of its crimes, a new investigation published on Wednesday by foreign experts claimed. A report released by the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) in Australia claimed that soldiers committed the “vast majority” of crimes in a final government offensive against Tamil Tiger separatists in May 2009. The probe ...

  6. News - Asia - SRI LANKA

    Sri Lanka bars US envoy as president lashes out at proposed UN war crimes resolution

    Posted Feb 04th 2014, 03:27pm by Associated Press in Colombo

    ... Agencies in Colombo Colombo bars entry to US envoy as Mahinda Rajapaksa warns it would be a 'grave crime' to bring charges against his administration over civil war against ... Lanka rejected the comments as “patently unfair” and accused Biswal of wanting to believe the worst about the island. Another US envoy, war crimes investigator Stephen Rapp, stirred controversy ...

  7. News - Asia - SRI LANKA

    Britain's David Cameron threatens UN probe into Sri Lanka war crimes

    Posted Nov 17th 2013, 05:55am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Colombo British prime minister gives Sri Lanka until March to address war crimes allegation or face UN inquiry; Colombo rejects the demand Cameron threatens U.N. probe on civil war Britain's David Cameron put Sri Lanka on notice yesterday to address allegations of war crimes within months or else he would lead a push for action at the UN. Speaking ...

  8. News - Asia - SRI LANKA

    Sri Lanka rejects international war crimes probe

    Posted Nov 16th 2013, 06:10pm by Agence France-Presse in Colombo

    ... Agence France-Presse in Colombo Economy minister and president's brother says Colombo is "not going to allow" international inquiry into war crimes during ethnic conflict A top Sri Lankan minister rejected pressure on Saturday for an international probe into alleged war crimes at the end of the country’s ethnic conflict, saying the government would “definitely” ...

  9. News - Asia - SRI LANKA

    UN rights envoy visits Sri Lanka to probe war crimes

    Posted Aug 26th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Colombo UN rights envoy probes war crimes The UN's top rights official has begun a fact-finding mission to Sri Lanka after the government dropped public hostility towards her and promised access to former war zones. Navi Pillay, who has previously been accused by Colombo of overstepping her mandate, arrived in the capital yesterday for a week-long ...

  10. News - Asia - SRI LANKA

    Sri Lankan police break up Tamil service to honour separatist war dead

    Posted May 18th 2014, 06:03am by AFP

    ... Human-rights groups have said at least 40,000 civilians were killed in the final months of the fighting alone and have accused government forces of war crimes, which Colombo strongly denies. ...




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