Monday, June 1, 2009

SL rejects fresh rights probe calls

(DM)COLOMBO, May 31, 2009 (AFP) - Sri Lanka on Sunday rejected growing calls to probe human rights violations amid allegations that thousands of civilians perished in the final battle against Tamil separatists.

Media Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said organisations calling for investigations had “ulterior motives,” and dismissed demands for independent probes into the final phase of Sri Lanka's war against the Tamil Tiger separatists. “Those who give various civilian casualty figures and call for these probes must have ulterior motives,” Abeywardena told reporters here. Full text