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U.N. Human Rights Council calls for Sri Lanka war crimes probe

The U.N. Human Rights Council on Thursday adopted a resolution calling for investigations into claims that government and rebel forces in Sri Lanka engaged in war crimes such as murders of civilians in the country's civil war that ended in 2009. The motion asking the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights to launch a probe was backed by 23 countries including the United States. Twelve nations, including China, opposed the resolution and another 12 including Japan abstained.

U.N. launches Sri Lanka war crimes investigation

By Stephanie Nebehay and Shihar Aneez GENEVA/COLOMBO (Reuters) - The United Nations on Thursday launched an inquiry into war crimes allegedly committed by both Sri Lankan state forces and Tamil rebels during the conflict that ended in 2009, saying the government had failed to investigate properly.

UN rights council launches Sri Lanka war crimes probe

The UN Human Rights Council on Thursday launched an inquiry into alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka, a move angrily rejected by Colombo as counter-productive. In a 23-12 vote, the council backed a Western-sponsored resolution saying it was time for a "comprehensive investigation into alleged serious violations and abuses of human rights and related crimes by both parties in Sri Lanka". Colombo has come under pressure over alleged war crimes committed in 2009 when it launched its final offensive to end one of Asia's deadliest civil wars.

UN rights council launches Sri Lanka war crimes probe

The UN Human Rights Council on Thursday launched an inquiry into alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka, despite Colombo's fierce efforts to block an investigation. In a 23-12 vote, the council backed a Western-sponsored resolution which said it was time for a "comprehensive investigation into alleged serious violations and abuses of human rights and related crimes by both parties in Sri Lanka".

Sri Lanka rejects UN rights probe, president tells AFP

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse rejected Thursday's UN Human Rights Council resolution ordering a war crimes probe, telling AFP that he would instead press ahead with his own reconciliation plan. "We reject this," Rajapakse said. "This resolution only hurts our reconciliation efforts. It does not help. "But I am not discouraged. We will continue with the reconciliation process I have started," he added in a phone call.

U.N. launches Sri Lanka war crimes investigation

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations on Thursday launched an inquiry into war crimes allegedly committed by both Sri Lankan state forces and Tamil rebels during their conflict that ended in 2009, saying the government had failed to investigate properly. By a vote of 23 states in favor, 12 against and 12 abstentions, the 47-member U.N. Human Rights Council adopted a resolution presented by the United States on behalf of countries including Britain.

UN rights council launches Sri Lanka war crimes probe

The UN Human Rights Council on Thursday launched an inquiry into alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka, despite Colombo's fierce efforts to block an investigation. In a 23-12 vote, the council backed a Western-sponsored resolution which said it was time for a "comprehensive investigation into alleged serious violations and abuses of human rights and related crimes by both parties in Sri Lanka".

UN rights council launches Sri Lanka war crimes probe

The UN Human Rights Council on Thursday launched an inquiry into alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka, despite Colombo's fierce efforts to block an investigation. In a 23-12 vote, the council backed a Western-sponsored resolution which said it was time for a "comprehensive investigation into alleged serious violations and abuses of human rights and related crimes by both parties in Sri Lanka". jwf/apo/txw

Sri Lanka rejects UN rights probe, president tells AFP

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse rejected Thursday's UN Human Rights Council resolution ordering a war crimes probe, telling AFP that he would instead press ahead with his own reconciliation plan. "We reject this," Rajapakse said. "This resolution only hurts our reconciliation efforts. It does not help. "But I am not discouraged. We will continue with the reconciliation process I have started," he added in a phone call. aj/co/mtp

U.N. rights boss urges international war crimes probe for Sri Lanka

By Ranga Sirilal and Shihar Aneez COLOMBO (Reuters) - An international inquiry into alleged Sri Lankan war crimes would allow witnesses to testify after domestic probes failed to carry out credible investigations, the U.N. human rights chief said on Wednesday, on the eve of a resolution that is critical of the Indian Ocean island nation.
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