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Sri Lanka to probe human rights violations
Apr 18, 2007 - 6:34:44 PM
Rambukwella said any rights mechanisms would be put in place only under bilateral agreement and not by compulsion.

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[RxPG] Colombo, April 18 - Sri Lanka has appointed a ministerial panel to probe growing accusations of human rights violations in the country, defence spokesman and Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said Wednesday.

He said the panel is composed of ministries of foreign affairs, defence, justice, human rights, rehabilitation along with the Attorney General and commanders of the security forces.

'They will go into each and every case of rights violations by meeting every Tuesday,' Rambukwella said.

The government and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam have faced charges of human rights violations from international human rights watchdogs.

Sri Lanka have resisted calls by the UN Human Rights Commission to invite independent monitors to the island to observe rights situation.

Rambukwella said any rights mechanisms would be put in place only under bilateral agreement and not by compulsion.

The government has already appointed a panel headed by a former Supreme Court judge to investigate 15 cases of high profile violations and has also invited an international panel to observe the proceedings.

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