Sunday, March 15, 2009

Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka denies allegations of war crimes

Sri Lankan officials are rejecting claims that the government may have committed war crimes during intense fighting with Tamil Tiger rebels in recent weeks.

Sri Lanka's Human Rights Minister, Mahinda Samarasinghe, on Saturday rejected charges by the U.N.'s human rights chief that both sides in the civil war are responsible for the deaths of up to 2,800 civilians since January, many of them inside no-fire zones.

The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, said Friday that Sri Lanka's military has repeatedly shelled safe zones. She also accused rebels of holding civilians as human shields.

Samarasinghe called the charges "unsubstantiated" and denied the government had shelled civilian safe zones.
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