Experts tapped to advise and support UN-led Sri Lanka conflict probe

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Martti Ahtisaari, Silvia Cartwright (center) and Asma Jahangir (right ). UN Photos/Stephenie Hollyman, Mark Garten, Jean-Marc Ferre.

Three international experts are to support a team set up to conduct a comprehensive investigation of alleged human rights violations during Sri Lanka's armed conflict.

The announcement was made by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, on Wednesday.

The Sri Lankan Government declared victory over the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in May 2009, after nearly three decades of conflict in which thousands of people were killed.

The probe will look into alleged serious violations and abuses of human rights and related crimes by both parties in Sri Lanka during the last years of the armed conflict.

Stéphane Dujarric is the UN Spokesperson.

"The experts are Martti Ahtisaari of Finland, Silvia Cartwright of New Zealand, and Asma Jahangir of Pakistan. The experts will play a supportive and advisory role and provide advice and guidance as well as independent verification throughout the investigation."

The UN Human Rights Council, stressing the need for justice and accountability, decided in March of this year to open an investigation into the reported abuses.

According to the High Commissioner's office (OHCHR), the investigation team will include investigators, forensics experts, a gender specialist, a legal analyst and various other staff with specialized skills.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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