UN rights chief warns Sri Lanka against retribution following controversial resolution Matthew Pomy at 12:21 PM ET
[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] expressed concern Friday over the harassment of Sri Lankan rights activists [press release] following the adoption of a UN resolution [JURIST report] regarding the investigation of war crimes committed during the country's recent conflict with its separatist Tamil Tiger rebels. The UN Human Rights Council [official website] adopted the resolution on Thursday urging Sri Lanka to probe war crimes, to implement the recommendations of a domestic inquiry into the war [report, PDF] and to seek UN help for reconciliation efforts with its minority ethnic Tamil community. The resolution, which was sponsored by the US and supported by India, was then rejected by Sri Lanka [AFP report] amid significant criticism from the Sri Lankan media, including news reports showing the names and faces of activists. Regardless of the rejection, Pillay called for an end to activist vilification and warned that threats of violence against activists must cease. The anger over the passage of the resolution follows weeks of anti-US and pro-government demonstrations in the nation's capital city of Colombo.
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