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Sri Lanka military says it killed Tamil separatists, first clash since 2009

By Shihar Aneez COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's military said on Friday it had killed three ethnic Tamil separatist militants, the first combat since government troops crushed the rebels in a 2009 offensive. The government, heavily criticized by Western governments and the United Nations for alleged rights abuses in 2009, said the clash showed Tamil rebels were re-emerging in Sri Lanka's ethnic Tamil dominated north.

Sri Lanka troops kill emerging Tiger leaders

Sri Lanka's military on Friday shot dead three men they believed were trying to revive the separatist Tamil Tiger movement five years after its defeat, a spokesman said. Military spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya said troops killed the three, including a man they identified as a local leader of the Tigers, as they tried to escape a military cordon in a jungle area of the former war zone to the south of Jaffna. "They tried to break the cordon and we opened fire and killed three people," Wanigasooriya said. He did not say if there were any troop casualties.

Sri Lanka troops kill three men in search for Tigers

Sri Lanka's military on Friday shot dead three men during an operation against suspected Tamil separatist rebels, in the first major confrontation since the end of the island's war nearly five years ago, a spokesman said. Military spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya said troops were carrying out a cordon and search operation in a jungle area of the former war zone when three men armed with grenades and guns tried to escape. "They tried to break the cordon and we opened fire and killed three people," Wanigasooriya told AFP.

Sri Lanka police arrest 60 on fears of renewed conflict

Sri Lankan police have arrested 60 people accused of trying to revive a separatist group behind a civil war that left tens of thousands dead, a spokesman said on Thursday. The suspects, including 10 women, were detained in a crackdown over the past month and were being questioned about attempts to reorganise the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), police spokesman Ajith Rohana said. "We are questioning them with a view to ensure that there is no resumption of war in this country and to prevent communal violence breaking out," Rohana told reporters in Colombo.

Sri Lanka claims moral victory from war crimes vote

Sri Lankan tried to claim a moral victory Friday and insisted it would push on with reconciliation efforts after being censured by the UN's top rights body for failing to bring perpetrators of war crimes to justice. The US-initiated resolution was carried at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva Thursday with 23 votes in favour and 12 against. Sri Lankan officials said the fact that another 12 nations abstained meant that a majority of the 47-member council did not support the censure move.

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".

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.
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