Associated Press: UN Approves Inquiry Into Sri Lanka War Abuses

By John Heilprin, Published On Thursday, March 27, 2014
GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.'s top human rights body launched an investigation Thursday into Sri Lanka's civil war, approving a U.S.-led resolution over the strong protests of Sri Lanka's government. The resolution approved by the U.N. Human Rights Council sets in motion a yearlong investigation that will examine "alleged serious violations and abuses of human rights and related crimes by both parties in Sri Lanka." Members of the 47-nation Geneva-based council voted 23 to 12 in favor of the resolution, with 12 abstentions, following a heated two-day debate. The council also rejected a move to remove language calling on Sri Lanka to cooperate with the investigation.

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