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UN urges SL to start investigating war crimes

A United Nations expert warned Monday that Sri Lanka must speed up its own long-stalled investigation into war crimes by  troops or risk action by the international community.

 

Pablo de Greiff, the UN special rapporteur on the promotion of justice and reparation, said Sri Lanka had been slow to deliver on its promise of justice for atrocities during the island’s bloody 37-year civil war.

 

He said allegations of war crimes levelled last month against Sri Lanka’s then-ambassador to Brazil, who was a general during the war era, underscored the risks faced by senior military officers past and present.

 

“As the recent case presented in Brazil against a former member of the armed forces demonstrates, accountability will be sought either here or abroad,” de Greiff said in Colombo on Monday.

 

The case in Brazil against retired general Jagath Jayasuriya was just the “tip of the iceberg”, de Greiff said.

 

He said Sri Lanka could expect similar efforts by foreign jurisdictions until it had taken steps to ensure a credible investigation of its own. AFP

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