Sri Lanka's non-cooperation with investigators "an affront" to UN

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Rupert Colville, Spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

The refusal of Sri Lankan authorities to cooperate with a United Nations team investigating allegations of human rights violations has been described as an "affront" to the UN Human Rights Council.

The team is looking into allegations that grave abuses were committed by both sides during the civil war between government forces and the Tamil Tigers group that ended in 2009.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has criticized the continuing attacks by the Sri Lankan government on the integrity of the investigation which the government says is 'selective and biased.'

Rupert Colville is Spokesperson for the UN Human Rights Office in Geneva.

"This continuing campaign of distortion and disinformation about the investigation, as well as the insidious attempts to prevent possible bona fide witnesses from submitting information to the investigating team, is an affront to the United Nations Human Rights Council which mandated the investigation. The Government of Sri Lanka has refused point blank to cooperate with the investigation despite being explicitly requested by the Human Rights Council to do so." (26")

Mr Colville said that the refusal questions the integrity of the Sri Lanka government.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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