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Sri Lankan government ends one of its human rights abuse investigations

June 17, 2009

New York Times – World Briefing | Asia Sri Lanka: War-abuses Panel Dissolved

Amnesty – Independent body needed to investigate Sri Lankan abuses – Amnesty

AP – Sri Lanka rights abuse probe ends abruptly

A Sri Lankan government investigation into human rights abuses during its war with Tamil Tiger rebels has been disbanded with more than half of its cases unresolved, an official said Tuesday.

The decision came as the government brushed off demands for an international investigation into the final ferocious battles of the war, which ended last month after the military routed the rebels in an offensive the U.N. says killed more than 7,000 civilians.

Human rights groups accused the military of shelling civilian areas and said the rebels held hundreds of thousands of people as human shields, shooting those who attempted to flee.

A presidential commission of inquiry was established two years ago under intense international pressure to investigate earlier claims of abuses in the war. It was assigned 16 cases of alleged abuses by both sides, including the 2006 execution-style slaying of 17 aid workers for the French organization Action Against Hunger.

Nissanka Udalagama, a former Supreme Court justice who chaired the commission, said it had only completed work on seven of the assigned cases by the time its mandate expired Sunday. Extensions had been routinely granted in the past, but not this time. Instead, the commission was dissolved, he said.

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Inner City Press – As Sri Lanka Cancels its self-investigation, Ghoulish IDP Services for Fee, Where’s UN?

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