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  • Indian Tamil activists and supporters lie on a road and shout slogans during a protest against Sri Lanka's alleged wartime abuses in Chennai, India, on March 21, 2013. A key ethnic Tamil party withdrew from India's coalition government Tuesday, accusing the government of watering down a U.N. resolution criticizing Sri Lanka's war-time conduct against its minority Tamil population. The party has demanded the U.N. Human Rights Council resolution accuse Sri Lanka of genocide and that it leads to the formation of an international inquiry into possible war crimes. (Associated Press)

    U.N. panel urges Sri Lanka to probe mass murders

    The U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva on Thursday passed a U.S.-backed resolution that urges the Sri Lankan government to properly investigate accusations that its army was involved in the mass murder of civilians in the final days of its war against Tamil separatists in 2009.

  • U.N. expected to approve resolution on Sri Lanka war crimes

    The U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva will vote Thursday on a resolution to press the Sri Lankan government for a more thorough probe of accusations of mass murder of civilians by the army in the last days of its war against Tamil separatists in 2009.

  • ** FILE ** A Sri Lankan boy supporting President Mahinda Rajapaksha holds his poster as they rally around the parliament complex in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

    Clinton urges Sri Lanka to prosecute war criminals

    Sri Lankan Foreign Minister G.L. Peiris on Friday apprised Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton of the steps his government is taking to hold accountable those responsible for committing war crimes during a three decade-long war with Tamil rebels.

  • Sri Lanka ambassador to the U.S. Jaliya Wickramasuriya. (J.M. Eddins Jr. / The Washington Times)

    Sri Lankan ambassador promises accountability from war-crimes defendants

    Sri Lanka will hold accountable every person accused of war crimes during its decades-long civil conflict, the island nation's ambassador to the U.S. says.

  • ** FILE ** Sen. Robert Casey Jr., D-Pa., is seen during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, in this Feb. 3, 2011, file photo. The Senate passed a resolution this week urging an international probe into war crimes allegations. Casey, who introduced the Senate resolution, said that a "state of denial" exists in the Sri Lankan government that is "not helpful" in achieving accountability for the bloodshed. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    U.S. ups pressure on Sri Lanka over slain civilians

    The United States is increasing pressure on Sri Lanka to investigate the deaths of thousands of civilians at the end of its civil war. Human rights groups contend a Sri Lankan government commission has demonstrated no intent of doing it.

  • Sri Lankan war crimes suspect gets post as representative to U.N.

    The Sri Lankan government has appointed a senior army officer accused of war crimes in the conflict with Tamil rebels as its deputy permanent representative to the United Nations.

  • Embassy Row

    Fifty-eight members of Congress are calling for an international investigation into charges of war crimes against the Sri Lankan government during its 26-year civil war against rebels who pioneered terrorist tactics and used civilians as human shields.

  • Cut off the Tigers

    A group of congressmen is urging the Bush administration to increase its involvement in Sri Lanka. A recent letter from Reps. David Price and Rush Holt and 48 other congressional Democrats and Republicans to President Bush calls on the administration to step up diplomatic engagement in order to help the small island nation reach a long-term peace with the terrorist rebel group the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. Noting "a pressing need for a more concerted effort by the international community to bring both sides back to the negotiating table," the congressmen conclude that the United States "has the opportunity to serve as a leader of such a renewed international effort."

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