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Sri Lanka Refuses Cooperation with UN-backed Probe

8 April 2014

Sri Lanka’s foreign minister says that his country will not cooperate with the United Nations human rights chief when she begins an investigation into alleged war crimes from the island nation’s civil war. Gamini Lakshman Peiris said that Sri Lanka does not accept the authority of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay to conduct an investigation. He says such an investigation will not be fair and objective because Pillay has a prejudged mind. The 47-member UN Human Rights Council approved an inquiry last month. The Sri Lankan government and the defeated Tamil Tiger rebels both have been accused of serious abuses in the war that ended in 2009.—AP