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Sri Lanka accuses UN rights chief of prejudice in war crimes probe

Published on Aug 14, 2014 11:15 PM
 
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay speaks during a news conference for a report on "the right to privacy in the digital age" at the United Nations in Geneva on July 16, 2014. Sri Lanka accused the United Nations' human rights chief on Thursday, Aug 14, 2014, of "personal bias" over an investigation into allegations of war crimes committed during the country's 26-year civil war. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW DELHI (REUTERS) - Sri Lanka accused the United Nations' human rights chief on Thursday of"personal bias" over an investigation into allegations of war crimes committed during the country's 26-year civil war.

In an interview with the Thomson Reuters Foundation published on Monday, Ms Navi Pillay said that even though Colombo had refused to cooperate, the investigation could still go ahead as there was a wealth of information outside the country.

Sri Lanka said Ms Pillay, a South African of Tamil descent, had shown a "lack of objectivity".

"The High Commissioner, who is scheduled to leave office at the end of this month, making public pronouncements to the media on an investigation which has commenced only recently is a clear indication of personal bias," said a foreign ministry statement.

 
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