Friday, May 29, 2009

Debate on civilian cost of military conflicts, deepening global divisions

(TI)Sri Lanka could very well claim ‘victory’ from its recent gruelling tussle in the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to stave-off a Swiss-EU draft resolution which called for a probe on what are described as war crimes in Sri Lanka stemming from the latter’s war against the LTTE, but it is clear that the contentious issue of civilian deaths in war or ‘collateral damage’ in armed conflicts, would continue to be bitterly debated in the ‘councils of the world’. The highly polarized nature of the debate on Sri Lanka is the proof of this. Full text