Sunday, May 31, 2015Sunday, May 31, 2015

UN seeks foreign probe of Sri Lanka war crimes: Report

Published on Feb 16, 2014 1:32 PM

COLOMBO (AFP) - The United Nations' human rights chief has recommended an international investigation into war crimes committed in Sri Lanka during the final stages of its Tamil separatist conflict, a report said on Sunday.

The local Sunday Times newspaper in Sri Lanka said Navi Pillay has asked the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to set up independent probe, saying that Colombo "consistently failed to establish the truth" and ensure accountability for the atrocities, despite repeated calls.

"Establish an international inquiry mechanism to further investigate the alleged violations of international human rights and humanitarian law and monitor any domestic accountability process," the Sunday Times quoted Ms Pillay as saying.

The newspaper quoted from Ms Pillay's report to next month's UNHRC sessions in Geneva, an advance copy of which had been given to Colombo for its observations. It accused Sri Lanka of failing to probe rights abuses and continuing to violate democratic freedoms.

Enjoy 2 weeks of unlimited digital access to The Straits Times. Get your free access now!