UN Human Rights Council urges Sri Lanka to investigate atrocities

March 23, 2012

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Sri Lankans invoke blessings against the UN resolution to investigate war crimes and human rights abuses during the civil war.

Sri Lanka’s 25-year civil war between the Buddhist Sinhalese majority and the Tamil minority left more than 70,000 dead. Both sides committed atrocities, but the final months of the conflict in 2009 were especially brutal. Yesterday, the UN Human Rights Council voted in favor of a U.S.-backed resolution that urges the Sri Lankan government to investigate war crimes committed during the conflict. Worldview talks with James Ross, the policy and legal director for Human Rights Watch, who has been following Sri Lanka’s human rights situation for nearly two decades.