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Sri Lanka rejects "reckless" US criticism of its rights record

Published on Feb 3, 2014 6:15 AM

COLOMBO (REUTERS) - Sri Lanka rejected United States (US) criticism of its human rights record as "grossly disproportionate" on Sunday, a day after a senior US official said Washington would table a United Nations (UN) resolution against Colombo.

Assistant Secretary of State Nisha Biswal expressed frustration on Saturday over Sri Lanka's failure to punish military personnel responsible for atrocities in a civil war that the government won in 2009 against separatist Tamil rebels.

Ms Biswal, speaking in Colombo after a two-day visit, said the US would table a third UN human rights resolution against Sri Lanka in March to address the war crimes allegations as its human rights climate has been worsening.

"The (US) claims... are unsubstantiated. Reckless and irresponsible statements without evidence have been recoursed to in order to create an impact to give way to prejudged action," Sri Lanka's External Affairs Ministry said in a statement.

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