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Sri Lanka accuses Canada of 'manipulating' Commonwealth

Sri Lanka on Tuesday accused Canada of undermining the Commonwealth to score political points after it announced a suspension of funding while the island nation chairs the group. Sri Lanka's foreign ministry said the halting of Canada's $US9 million annual contribution to the Commonwealth Secretariat was an attempt at political "manipulation" at the expense of the 53-member bloc.

Canada to suspend $20 million of Commonwealth funds while Sri Lanka holds chair

OTTAWA - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird says Canada will suspend $20 million in funding to the Commonwealth while the chair of the secretariat is occupied by Sri Lanka. Prime Minister Stephen Harper boycotted the Commonwealth summit last year in Colombo, Sri Lanka, because of concerns about the government's human rights record. Canada would normally contribute $10 million per year to the secretariat over the next two years, but Baird says that money will be directed elsewhere.

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.

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.

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.

Sri Lanka war film released online in India after censorship

The director of a controversial war film on Sri Lanka streamed it free online in India Sunday, after censors banned its theatrical release over fears it may strain friendly ties with Colombo. Callum Macrae, the British director of "No Fire Zone: The killing fields of Sri Lanka", said the film will also be available free in Malaysia, Nepal and Sri Lanka -- the other countries where its general screening has been banned.

Inquiry accuses Sri Lankan forces of wartime abuses, says government tried to destroy evidence

NEW DELHI - Sri Lankan security forces carried out arbitrary killings, torture and rape in the final months of the country's quarter-century civil war and tried to destroy evidence of mass civilian deaths, according to the results of an independent investigation released Wednesday. The Australia-based Public Interest Advocacy Center's report also accuses Sri Lankan forces of broad human rights violations in 2008 and 2009 as they smashed a sustained Tamil rebellion for an independent homeland.

Inquiry accuses Sri Lankan forces of wartime abuses, says government tried to destroy evidence

NEW DELHI - Sri Lankan security forces carried out arbitrary killings, torture and rape in the final months of the country's quarter-century civil war and tried to destroy evidence of mass civilian deaths, according to the results of an independent investigation released Wednesday. The Australia-based Public Interest Advocacy Center's report also accuses Sri Lankan forces of broad human rights violations in 2008 and 2009 as they smashed a sustained Tamil rebellion for an independent homeland.

New report raises pressure on Sri Lanka over 'war crimes'

Sri Lanka's army led an orgy of indiscriminate killing at the climax of the island's civil war, and has since tried to destroy evidence of its crimes, a new investigation published Wednesday by foreign experts claimed. A report released by the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) in Australia claimed that soldiers committed the "vast majority" of crimes in a final government offensive against Tamil Tiger separatists in May 2009.

New inquiry raises pressure on Sri Lanka over war crimes

Sri Lanka's army led an orgy of indiscriminate killing at the climax of the island's civil war, and has since tried to destroy evidence of its crimes, a new investigation published Wednesday by foreign experts claimed. A report released by the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) in Australia claimed that soldiers committed the "vast majority" of crimes in a final government offensive against Tamil Tiger separatists in May 2009.
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