|These alleged crimes include executions, rape and torture by government forces.|
|Written by Lobby for Peace|
|Saturday, 16 April 2011 23:33|
A leaked United Nations report indicates "credible allegations" of Sri Lanka war crimes. Video first broadcast by Channel 4 News, showing alleged Tamil executions, formed a key part of the evidence.
These alleged crimes include executions, rape and torture by government forces. The leaked report also lists the shelling of civilians inside "no-fire zones", the "systematic shelling" of hospitals and attacks on the UN and Red Cross. The LTTE stands accused of refusing civilians permission to leave the conflict zone and "using them as hostages" in a "buffer zone". The UN panel also says that authorities "sought to intimidate and silence the media and other critics of the war through a variety of threats and actions, including the use of white vans to abduct and to make people disappear". The Sri Lankan government has not yet responded in full to the allegations - a spokesman said earlier that the report was "under study". But in an earlier statement officials said the investigation was "fundamentally flawed". It has also been called a "conspiracy" in the Sri Lankan media.
|Last Updated on Saturday, 16 April 2011 23:44|