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UN expert urges Sri Lanka to probe execution video

August 29, 2009

AFP : UN expert urges Sri Lanka to probe execution video

GENEVA — A United Nations expert on Friday urged the Sri Lankan government to set up an independent probe into the authenticity of a video clip aired in Britain allegedly showing Sri Lankan troops executing prisoners.

… “There is no justification for not moving ahead with such an investigation in view of the government’s confidence that such atrocities were never perpetrated by its armed forces,” he added.

The images, which he described as “horrendous,” indicate a serious violation of international law if found to be authentic, he said.

Alston also pointed out that he had asked permission to visit Sri Lanka on several occasions in recent years, but Colombo had not given him the green light.

…Widespread international concern was voiced over the number of civilians killed during the last leg of the fighting, while aid groups now fear for the welfare of 300,000 Tamils held in the state-run camps.

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