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UN probing Sri Lanka ‘executions’

September 2, 2009

UN probing Sri Lanka ‘executions’

Channel 4 News : UN probing Sri Lanka ‘executions’

By Nick Paton Walsh

The UN says it is viewing with ‘utmost concern’ a video broadcast on Channel 4 News which allegedly shows Sri Lankan troops executing prisoners.

The images are “horrendous” and, if authentic, are a serious breach of international law.

The United Nations’s own expert called for an investigation into footage broadcast by this programme.

But there are accusations that the organisation failed to speak out about alleged atrocities committed in the dying days of Sri Lanka’s war against the Tamil Tigers.

Philip Alston, who is the UN’s special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, explained whether he thought the pictures were authentic.

Watch video interview of Philip Alston from source.

BBC : UN call for S Lanka video probe

Reuters : INTERVIEW – U.N. investigator wants Sri Lanka executions probe

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