Sri Lanka ‘execution’ video is authentic

IDPs in Sri LankaA UN Human Rights expert says he believes serious international crimes were committed during the final stages of the Sri Lankan war. Christof Hynes, the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions says he was in possession of additional video footage showing the killing of civilians by armed men allegedly filmed during the final stages of the war in Sri Lanka. He says after extensive technical review of the video, there was no doubt that what is depicted in the video indeed happened in Sri Lanka. Presenting his annual report to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva Mr. Hynes said the Sri Lankan government had not produced evidence of an independent study into what appears to be very serious crimes. 

"I informed the government of Sri Lanka that I will be investigating the new extended video in order to further assist the search for truth. I urge the state similarly to initiate independent investigations into the authenticity of the video. I believe that a prima facie case of serious international crimes have been made by the video that I examined. I can obviously not make findings of guilt, as would a court of law do, but the inquiry should now be taken to a further level on the international as well as the domestic level." 

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Sri Lankan Minister of Plantation Industries Mahinda Samarasinghe told the council that a special commission was in the process of gathering evidence related to the conflict. He said the country's Attorney General has been empowered to institute criminal proceedings against those found to have committed any crimes.

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