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If “the contents reveal any material relevant to Sri Lanka’s interests, these will be taken up through diplomatic channels,” the ministry said.
Reports from the State Department and human rights groups cite violations by both the military as well as the Tamil Tigers.
The LTTE, which is designated a foreign terrorist organization by the State Department, has been accused of using civilians as human shields. Its recruitment of child soldiers is also well documented.
“Credible reports cited unlawful killings by paramilitaries and others believed to be working with the awareness and assistance of the government, assassinations by unknown perpetrators, politically motivated killings, and disappearances,” the report said.
After the war, the Sri Lankan government established a presidential commission of inquiry, called the “Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission.” However, International Crisis Group, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International declined an invitation to testify before the panel. They cited the lack of independence of the commissioners, witness protection and a clear mandate to look into war crimes.
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