UN human rights expert calls for inquiry into war crimes in Sri Lanka

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 13 January 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c174
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

    A United Nations human rights investigator has called for a war crimes inquiry in Sri Lanka, after reports by three independent experts in forensic pathology, forensic video analysis, and firearm evidence concluded that a videotape appearing to show the summary execution of Tamils by Sri Lankan soldiers seems to be authentic.

    Philip Alston, the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary, or arbitrary executions, said, “In light of these conclusions and of the persistent flow of other allegations concerning alleged extrajudicial executions committed by both sides during the closing phases of the war . . . I call for an independent inquiry to be established to carry out an impartial investigation into war crimes and other grave violations.”

    Mr Alston told reporters at a presentation of …

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