On June 16, 2009, the Sri Lankan government ceased investigations into possible human rights abuses that allegedly occurred during the 25 year civil war between the government and a separatist militant organization, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The investigations began in 2007, and with less than half of its cases resolved, the mandate expired with no renewal granted, leading commentators to suspect the resurgance of the LTTE. Since June 2009, the Sri Lankan government has been urged by various groups to look into potential human rights abuses that occurred during the war, and the government has itself launched independent probes into the matter.
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