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UN Rights Body Urges Tougher Sri Lanka Probe

22 March 2013

For the second time in as many years, the UN’s top human rights body approved a US-backed resolution on Thursday calling on Sri Lanka to more thoroughly investigate alleged war crimes committed by both sides during the country’s quarter-century civil war with the Tamil Tiger rebels. By a 25-13 vote, the 47-nation UN Human Rights Council urged the South Asian nation “to initiate credible and independent actions” to ensure justice and accountability in the aftermath of the conflict, which ended in 2009. The resolution followed a UN report alleging the government may be to blame for thousands of civilian deaths during the military campaign to defeat Tamil Tiger rebels.—AP