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Britian asks Sri Lanka to probe sexual violence

Britain on Wednesday asked Sri Lanka to probe allegations that hundreds of men and women had been sexually assaulted by government forces during and after the island's drawn-out ethnic war. Foreign Secretary William Hague told a public meeting in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo that Britain was concerned that no-one had been held accountable for rights abuses, including sexual assault and the use of rape to extract confessions.

Police block Tamils from Sri Lanka rights rally

Sri Lankan police blocked hundreds of minority Tamils from attending a rally in the capital Wednesday to protest extrajudicial killings and the disappearances of their loved ones, an activist said. Buses packed with family members were prevented from leaving the northern town of Vavuniya to make a 260-kilometre (162-mile) journey to Colombo for the Wednesday morning rally, activist and politician Mano Ganeshan said.
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