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Sri Lankan government knowingly shelled hospitals, says UN report

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d2759 (Published 28 April 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2759
  1. Nayanah Siva
  1. 1London

Hospitals within the no fire zone in the north of Sri Lanka were continually shelled by the Sri Lankan army during the final months of the civil war in 2009, says a United Nations report.

The report from a panel of experts commissioned by Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary general, looked specifically at the Sri Lankan government’s accountability during the last stages of the civil war. It concluded that that there was evidence of war crimes being committed by the government and by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (Tamil Tigers).

In May 2009 President Mahinda Rajapaksa made a victory speech congratulating his army on crushing the rebels and ending a war that spanned nearly three decades. However, since then …

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